Medical equipment is seen during knee prosthesis surgery in an operation room at the hospital of the Canton of Nidwalden in Stans, October 27, 2011. The hospital is the only one in Switzerland providing a ten year guarantee on knee and hip prosthesis surgeries. Picture taken October 27, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer
Doctors at a British hospital are being sued by a testicular cancer patient who claims the doctors botched his surgery and removed his healthy testicle.
"They definitely took out the wrong testicle. It should have been the cancerous one," the unnamed patient told the Mirror. The patient says because of the jumbled operation he has gone through an array of problems and now is seeking compensation.
"It seems I can no longer father children. I have gone through incredible stress and strain," he said.
Forty-minutes after the operation, doctors noticed they made a big mistake and sowed the testicle back onto the patient. Officials at the hospital where the surgery took place, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, confirmed that the incident took place and expressed apologies to the distraught patient.
"The trust offers its sincere apologies. Remedial surgery took place at the time," officials said. "The trust carried out a thorough investigation and immediately made changes to its processes."
The date of the surgery and details about the sought compensation was not mentioned in the report.