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A man in Fort Worth, TX, is suing his urologist and radiologist after having the wrong kidney removed in surgery performed at a medical center.
Glenn Hermes, 55, underwent surgery at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth in 2013 to remove his left kidney because of cancer. The surgical team removed the left kidney, but soon after Hermes was told that the cancer actually was in his right kidney, according to court documents. The cancerous portion of the right kidney was removed, but now Hermes might face dialysis, a transplant, or the possibility of taking expensive drugs.
The hospital is not named in the lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages.
According to court documents, Hermes had a doctor’s appointment because he was having pain near his scrotum and that he also noticed a growth near his right testicle. Hermes was told that the lump was at "high risk" of being cancerous, and doctors recommended surgery to remove the kidney, the lawsuit states.
The next month, Hermes had the surgery. Afterward he and his family were told afterward that the left kidney with a mass was removed and sent to a pathologist for analysis.
The pathology report indicated the kidney that had been removed was healthy. Another doctor recommended a partial removal of the right kidney.