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19 June 2017, 01:16 | Lena Norman
$870K awarded to man whose doctor removed the wrong testicle
A man in Pennsylvania won a total of $870,000 after undergoing an operation in 2013 where the doctor removed the wrong testicle.
Hanes suffered from chronic pain in the right testicle for years, so it had to be removed. Medical imaging showed that the testicle was almost half the size of the other, the same outlet reports. However, that's when things didn't go as planned, as Long had operated on the wrong testicle, removing the perfectly fine left testicle instead of the right one that Hanes was attempting to receive treatment. Specifically, Hanes was awarded $500,000 lump sum for future pain and suffering, $120,000 for past pain and suffering, and $250,000 in damages against Dr.
The jury found that the doctor, Dr. Valley Spencer Long, was "recklessly indifferent" in the treatment of the patient.
The mistake prompted Hanes in 2014 to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against Long and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in central Pennsylvania, citing negligence on the part of both.
The doctor is no longer performing surgeries, PennLive reported. Long was said to have exhibited reckless indifference toward Hanes when he removed the testicle without confirming whether or not it was the right one. The doctor recommended surgery to remove the testicle. Hanes said that Long was reckless because he did not properly identify the testicle that was meant to be removed. "Long. He wanted to relieve the pain", Lepisto said. As a result, Long's post-operative report led Hanes attorney to believe that Long might not have any idea that Long had removed the wrong testicle.
While Long is 77 years old and no longer practicing surgery, Steven Hanes can look forward to $870,000 from the medical malpractice case. Even if Hanes does have the remaining testicle removed, he would then need lifelong testosterone replacement therapy, he added.
According to the Daily Hornet, Long no longer practices surgery and is now also being sued by the family of a patient who died after an operation.
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