$200 000 Testicle

SIR, WE REMOVED THE WRONG TESTICLE

but we have the right one in our sights!A U.S. 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 harbour cancer cells. It also was atrophied and painful.

But doctors mistakenly removed the right testicle, medical records and the claim, which seeks US$200,000 for future care and unspecified damages, show. He still hasn’t had the other testicle removed. [1]

MA’AM, IT WASN’T CANCER IN THE FIRST PLACE, SORRY ABOUT THE CHEMO and the C. difficile. A 62-year-old Quebec woman is suing her pathologist after she underwent painful chemotherapy after being wrongly diagnosed with cancer.

Muriel Lavallée, of Ste-Therese, located outside Montreal, is seeking $200,000 in damages for physical pain, psychological suffering, and loss of salary. At the hospital, she contracted C. difficile, a sometimes fatal infection, and had to be hospitalized again for another three weeks. [1]

1500 OUT OF 28 MILLION

The medical establishment figures those are pretty good odds for the amount of surgical errors that occur on an annual basis in the United States. So what if we leave a few tools in you. And if you’re obese, hey it’s your fault. You’ve got more padding to hide things in.

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References:[1] CBC.ca April 2007; jpeg = The Globe and Mail, Jan 2003

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