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cookster50
04-05-2007, 11:32 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070405/ap_on_fe_st/botched_surgery;_ylt=AhdoT__8XWEpOXWD8IzwI0suQE4F


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.

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

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

cookster50
04-05-2007, 11:43 AM
What happens when both nuts go?
You tell us. You have the experience.

chagrin
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

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

KC-TBB
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.

Count Zarth
04-05-2007, 01:11 PM
http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/6869/icepirates4pl8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

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

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

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

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

Iowanian
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?

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

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

journeyscarab
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.