During a botched surgery in Pennsylvania, a man had the wrong testicle removed by surgeons, court documents state.
The patient, Steven Hanes, age 54, had complained of a chronic pain in his right testicle for many years, reports say. After undergoing examination from Dr. V. Spencer Long, the results of his tests concluded that a surgical removal of the testicle was necessary after an ultrasound revealed scarring from a previous injury.
Unfortunately for Mr. Haines however, at some point during the anesthetic procedure Dr. Long removed the wrong testicle.
In a report written by Doctor Long during the post-operation status inquiry, he wrote, “At this point it appeared that the left testicle and cord may actually have been removed instead of the right one.”
After the Civil Suit filed by Mr. Haines was made the jury later found that Dr. Long was “recklessly indifferent” in the treatment of his patient. The court then awarded Hanes $620,000 in compensatory and $250,000 in punitive damages for the stress and discomfort he will forever endure as well as the blow to his morale.
Braden Lepisto, Hanes’ attorney told the press “The doctor gave an explanation that really made no anatomical or medical sense.”
Lepisto said Hanes has not sought further treatment after the procedure left him with a “debilitating fear.” Undoubtedly he's now balls deep in misery but the nearly million dollar award will help wipe away those tears.