A Pennsylvania jury has awarded a man $A1.15 million after he had the wrong testicle removed by his urologist.
Steven Haines had been suffering chronic pain in his right testicle for around 15 years, before he opted to see a doctor.
He consulted with a urologist Dr. Spencer Long in 2013, with the doctor suggesting surgery to remove the offending tesitcal.
The operation was performed at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, but sadly the doctor removed Mr Haines healthy left tesitcal.
Unsurprisingly, the 54-year-old was not pleased with the botched operation and sued the surgeon.
Court filings show Long wrote in a post-operative report that “it appeared that the left testicle and cord may actually have been removed instead of the right one”, reported local media outlet Penn Live.
A Huntingdon County jury sided with Haines and awarded him $A1.15 million – $A815,000 for pain and suffering, and a further $A330,000 for punitive damages.
The urologist was found to be “reckless” by the jury for removing Haines’ healthy testicle.
The lawyer represnting Haines said his client remains in pain and has a “debilitating fear” of going for surgery after the medical malpractice he had suffered.
“The conduct of the doctor during the surgery indicated he had no idea which testicle he was removing,” his laywer said.
“Steve had the right testicle pain for 15 years before he went to see Dr. Long. He wanted to relieve the pain.
“Four years later Steve continues to have the pain. He’s had more frequent pain.”
If Haines does have his problem right testicle removed, he will have to undergo testosterone replacement therapy for the rest of his life.
The verdict can be appealed.