Medical malpractice claim follows removal of healthy kidney

For most people in Arizona, it is likely unthinkable to be the victim of wrong-site surgery. A medical malpractice claim was filed in a civil court in another state by a woman whose healthy kidney was wrongfully removed. Court documents indicate that this happened despite a memo detailing the required surgery received by the surgeon on the day before the scheduled operation.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff had been diagnosed with a mass on her right adrenal gland, and she was scheduled to have the gland along with the mass removed for biopsy. However, the surgeon allegedly removed the healthy right kidney instead. Furthermore, it is alleged that the pathologist informed the surgeon that he removed the healthy organ, but the surgeon failed to notify the plaintiff. Apparently, he told her two days later that he was still awaiting the biopsy report.

Another four days later, the surgeon allegedly informed the plaintiff that another surgical procedure was necessary because he failed to get it all during the first operation -- still not admitting his mistake. Reportedly, she had the correct surgery done at a different medical facility since then. The woman claims that her remaining kidney has become incurably diseased and that she now suffers fatigue, pain, mental distress and depression as the result of the surgeon's negligence.

The plaintiff also claims her expenses and lost income to date total almost $140,000, with further costs expected. The outcome of this lawsuit is not known, but anyone in Arizona who believes he or she was the victim of medical malpractice might want to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney to advocate for him or her. This is a complicated field of the law, and even though it will be easy to prove the wrongful removal of a healthy organ, obtaining maximum damage recovery might require exceptional skills.

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