A Florida doctor understood the healthy kidney of a woman as a cancerous tumor and decided to remove it during a routine spinal surgery.

In April 2016, Maureen Pacheco entered the Wellington Regional Medical Center to merge the lower back bones following injury in a car accident the previous year.

She went home with only one kidney.

During the operation, a physician discovered a mass in Pacheco's pelvis and believed it was a cancerous tumor, and removed it.

However, it turned out that the mass was not a tumor, but one of the kidneys of Pacheco.

A complaint filed in September alleged that Pacheco never had a say in this matter. Worse, the doctor did not even do the back surgery.

According to The Palm Beach Post, Pacheco met the surgeon Ramon Vazquez just before she was rolled into the operating room. Vazquez had the task of simply cutting them open so that the orthopedic surgeons could perform the spinal surgery.

"As you can imagine, if someone undergoes back surgery, they would never expect to wake up and be experienced when they just wake up from anesthesia, one of their kidneys has been unnecessarily removed," said Pacheco's lawyer, Donald Ward.

Doctors operate a patient.

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Pacheco accused the surgeon and said Vazquez and others were medically negligent when he unnecessarily cut out their healthy and fully functional kidney.

The lawsuit alleged that Vazquez deviated from acceptable standards for medical care and treatment when he did not undergo radiological examination or informed the patient before removing one of his organs.

The lawsuit added that Pacheco suffered from mental pain, body aches and injuries, disability and disfigurement.

This kidney on the left side of Pacheco was a pelvic kidney. According to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, the condition of the fetal pelvic kidney occurs when the kidneys do not rise to their normal position above the waist during fetal development and remain in the pelvis.

WPBF Vazquez lawyer Mark Mittlemark reported that the hospital was guilty because it had not informed the doctor that the patient had a pelvic kidney. The lawsuit was settled for a "nominal amount", but Mittlemark said his client did not accept liability and did not think he had done anything wrong.

The Florida Department of Health has filed suit against Vazquez. The doctor may lose his medical license if the case is in court.



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