The surgeon removes the woman's kidney during spinal surgery after thinking she is a cancer tumor

The surgeon removes the woman's kidney during spinal surgery after thinking she is a cancer tumor

A Florida surgeon mistook the healthy kidney of a woman with a cancerous tumor – and inexplicably removed it during a routine back operation, according to a report.

Maureen Pacheco, then 51 years old, checked in at the Wellington Regional Medical Center in April 2016 to merge the bones in her lower back after a car accident, the Palm Beach Post reported.

During the surgery, Dr. Ramon Vazquez, the organ he believed to be a tumor, declared it an emergency and removed it according to a lawsuit received by the newspaper attached in September.

According to the lawsuit, Pacheco never had a say in the matter.


And Vazquez was not even the one who did the back surgery. His job was to cut them open so that surgeons could do the 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 was needlessly removed," Pacheco's attorney Donald J. Ward said the newspaper.

Florida's Department of Health has since filed a lawsuit against Vasquez on the grounds that it has submitted a "suspected diagnosis of malignant gynecology, lymphoma and / or other metastatic disease".

Vazquez, who has been chairing surgery at the Palm Beach Medical Center since January – and also has privileges at St Mary's and Good Samaritan medical centers and Bethesda Memorial Hospital – could pay a fine at best. or at worst lose their medical approval, the report said.

Prior to the complaint – and one of Pacheco's claims for misconduct – he was, according to the report, purely disciplinary.


"The case was resolved for nominal amount due to the uncertainty of litigation in his name, and Dr. Vazquez in no way accepted the liability by agreeing to this agreement," Vazquez's attorney Mark Mittelmark said in an e-mail.

He is not insured. Misbehavior Insurance for Pacheco's Primary Surgeons – Dr. Ing. John Britt and dr. Jeffrey Kugler – Spent $ 250,000 apiece, the business reported.

Surgical errors, such as Vasquez's, are referred to as "defects, miscarriage, mis-patient errors" and are referred to as "never events" – meaning that they should never happen, according to the federal agency for health research and quality.

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