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Hospital gives Man Vasectomy by Mistake

by Anubha Sinha on May 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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Hospital gives Man Vasectomy by Mistake

A man who had gone to Royal Liverpool University Hospital for a minor urological surgery was wrongly operated upon for vasectomy.

Later, doctors tried to reverse the vasectomy, but it is not known whether the operation was successful as the operation has 55 per cent success rate, as per NHS, England.

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Now, the hospital could have to cough up damages of up to Ģ100,000. The hospital said it has suspended the surgeon from carrying out operations.

Royal Liverpool University Hospital medical director Dr Peter Williams said in a statement, "We can confirm a patient who was scheduled to have a different minor urological procedure was wrongly given a vasectomy. We have apologised unreservedly to the patient and we are offering him our full support. We greatly regret the distress this has caused him."
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The hospital has no clue how the mistake took place. But it is probing into the matter to find out exactly how the patient was operated on a 'wrong site'.

The man has options if he wants to have children. Vasectomies are considered a permanent form of birth control for men.

This is not the first time that the hospital is in news for wrong reasons. As per figures, in December 2013, over 150 patients faced problems. In 37 of the cases, patients were operated upon the wrong body part, including a woman whose fallopian tubes were removed instead of her appendix.

Source: Medindia
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