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Botched surgery leads to man receiving a vasectomy

In our last post, we talked about a man who wrongfully had all of his teeth removed. Now we have a story about how a person was wrongfully robbed of his ability to have children. If you can believe this, a man who was supposed to have a minor urological procedure performed on him was given a vasectomy instead. There's a 55 percent chance that the vasectomy reversal will be successful, but that still leaves the chance that this surgical error will leave the man with a permanent inability to have kids. 

It is obvious that a massive communication failure occurred here -- one lawyer called it a "catastrophic breakdown in procedure." According to the source article, the people involved in this man's botched surgery failed to adhere to the surgical guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization.

The sad truth is that "never events" like this happen far more often than "never." Even highly-trained medical professionals with decades of experience can make mistakes. Mistakes are bound to happen, and on some level that makes medical mistakes understandable. But they are still completely unacceptable. A mistake in the medical field can cost a patient their life, or it can forever alter their life, just like the unfortunate man in this case.

Surgical errors cause a tremendous amount of pain and distress for the victimized patient, and anyone affected by a botched procedure needs to consult a medical malpractice attorney so that they can learn what kind of options they have to pursue civil justice.

Source: UK Telegraph, "Man undergoing minor surgery given vasectomy by mistake," Hayley Dixon, May 6, 2014

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