By Savannah Smith   |  11-08-2018   News
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A Florida surgeon made the grievous mistake of removing a woman’s healthy kidney because he mistook the vital organ for a cancerous tumor.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Palm Beach Post reported last week that Maureen Pacheco has sued Ramon Vazquez and two other surgeons for malpractice. <a href="https://t.co/lVlmSNDg7v">https://t.co/lVlmSNDg7v</a></p>&mdash; WTNH News 8 (@WTNH) <a href="https://twitter.com/WTNH/status/1060114638904418305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The victim, Maureen Pacheco, was then undergoing a back surgery when the surgeon, Ramon Vazquez made the error. As a result, Pacheco is suing Vazquez and two other surgeons for malpractice.

Vazquez was in charge of cutting Pacheco open in 2016 so that two surgeons identified as Dr. John Britt and Dr. Jeffrey Kugler could perform the back operation.

Pacheco needed the back surgery in 2016 because she has been suffering from back pains due to a car accident. She checked into Wellington Regional Medical Center confident they will be able to fully fix what’s wrong with her back by getting the bones in her lower back fused, but she came out losing more- a fully functioning kidney.

Pacheco’s lawyer, Donald J. Ward, said that what’s even worse was that Pacheco as a patient never even had a say on the crucial matter. Ward added: “As you can imagine, when someone goes in for a back surgery, she would never expect to wake up and be told when she’s just waking up from anesthesia, that one of her kidney’s has been unnecessarily removed.”

Florida’s Department of Health has discovered that such unimaginable errors occur in about 1 of 112,000 surgical procedures.

Vazquez’s attorney, Mark Mittelmark, said that his client settled “for a nominal amount” due to “the uncertainty of the litigation.” Their side insists, however, that the doctor never admitted any liability by agreeing to such settlement.

The Department of Insurance Regulation said the malpractice insurers for Pacheco’s primary surgeons, Dr. John Britt and Dr. Jeffrey Kugler, settled for $250,000 apiece.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">11-7-18, Maureen Pacheco&#39;s Doctor Ramon Vazquez Didn&#39;t See MRI Showing Healthy Kidney Lower than Normal - thinking it was a tumor removed it! Lawsuit paid $500k - more here: <a href="https://t.co/9PKul0zOpt">https://t.co/9PKul0zOpt</a> <a href="https://t.co/qyhb1H83z2">pic.twitter.com/qyhb1H83z2</a></p>&mdash; AnnetteGreco Meisner (@Annette_Meisner) <a href="https://twitter.com/Annette_Meisner/status/1060247457010012165?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Medical experts say that Pacheco’s body can function with only one kidney left, but she is now more susceptible to chronic kidney disease and renal failure.

Source:

https://www.abc4.com/news/surgeon-removes-healthy-kidney-he-thought-was-tumor/1579428449

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Anonymous No. 41555 1541649011
Makes one think twice before going under the knife! Also has me wondering if these surgeons were “diversity” hires?
Dumbed down doctors. No. 41556 1541662084
Common core surgeon.
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