View Full Version : Sorry, we took the wrong nut

04-05-2007, 11:32 AM

LOS ANGELES - An Air Force veteran has filed a federal claim after an operation at a Veterans Administration hospital in which a healthy testicle was removed instead of a potentially cancerous one.

Benjamin Houghton, 47, was to have had his left testicle removed June 14 at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center because there was a chance it could harbor cancer cells. It also was atrophied and painful.

But doctors mistakenly removed the right testicle, according to medical records and the claim, which seeks $200,000 for future care and unspecified damages. He still hasn't had the other testicle removed.

"At first I thought it was a joke," Houghton told the Los Angeles Times. "Then I was shocked. I told them, 'What do I do now?'"

Houghton, his wife, Monica, and their attorney, Dr. Susan Friery, said they hoped to get the VA's attention by going public with the situation.

Dr. Dean Norman, chief of staff for the Greater Los Angeles VA system, has formally apologized to Houghton and his wife.

"We are making every attempt that we can to care for Mr. Houghton, but it's in litigation, and that's all we can tell you," he said. The hospital changed practices as a result of the case, he added.

Mr. Plow
04-05-2007, 11:37 AM
I heard this on Bob & Tom this morning. I had a ball listening to it.

04-05-2007, 11:39 AM
Only $200K? That's an egregious error.

Hammock Parties
04-05-2007, 11:41 AM
What happens when both nuts go?

04-05-2007, 11:43 AM
What happens when both nuts go?
You tell us. You have the experience.

04-05-2007, 12:00 PM
Wouldn't he be able to sure over potential future earnings of a child, he would have been able to father?

At least he isn't that one old due from Texas, who went in for Abdomen surgery only to wake up with no pennis

04-05-2007, 12:04 PM
The exact reason you NEVER allow military doctors to work on you.

04-05-2007, 01:06 PM
I can't help but remember the rant the Drill Sgt. gives the big dumb nuts in full metal jacket..."do you expect me to believe you don't know your right from your left?" then slaps him on each side to ask him...WTF I'm not going to do the whole movie...u get the point.

Hammock Parties
04-05-2007, 01:11 PM
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Pitt Gorilla
04-05-2007, 01:16 PM
Another frivolous lawsuit.

04-05-2007, 01:19 PM
Yay government health care.

04-05-2007, 01:51 PM
what do you expect from the precursor to Universal care system

04-05-2007, 03:23 PM
Doctor to nurse- "Now was that my left or his left..............scalpel."

04-05-2007, 03:26 PM
I suppose alot more people can look forward to stuff like this once we get the Canadian...er National Health care.

I wonder if they can transplant a working baow?

04-05-2007, 03:28 PM
One of the few guys who's had a day worse than Saul's.

04-05-2007, 04:12 PM
Sometimes you feel like a nut.
Sometimes you don't.

04-05-2007, 04:16 PM
Gawd I hope it wasn't like the scene in 'Gone with the Wind' where they amputate that dudes leg with a hacksaw and no anesthesia.

Not that I watched that movie.