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Pennsylvania doctor removes wrong testicle, jury awards victim $870000

19 June 2017, 01:18 | Darrell Baldwin

Jury awards $870000 to man who had wrong testicle removed

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A Pennsylvania man won almost $900,000 in court after a nightmare surgery ended up removing the wrong body part.

Hanes consulted Long after experiencing chronic pain in his right testicle for 15 years. Moreover, Fox 6 News reports that based on medical records, the damaged testicle was about half the size of the healthy one at the time of the operation.

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. However, that's when things had taken an unexpected turn, as Long had operated on the wrong testicle, removing the healthy left testicle instead of the one on the right side that Hanes was complaining about.

Lepisto said that the case was very clear since Dr. Long recommended removing the testicle, while Hanes later claimed there were other treatment options available that were less invasive.

Lepisto said the jury - which comprised 11 women and one man - deliberated for about 1 hour 20 minutes before siding with the plaintiff.

Long declined to comment Friday.

"Few medical errors are as vivid and terrifying as those that involve patients who have undergone surgery on the wrong body part, undergone the incorrect procedure, or had a procedure intended for another patient", the US Department of Health and Human Services says.

The doctor is no longer performing surgeries, according to PennLive. Long said that he was indifferent towards Hanes when he removed his testicle because he didn't check if it was, in fact, removing the right testicle. Moreover, if Hanes does need to have his damaged right testicle removed, he may need to spend the rest of his life receiving testosterone replacement therapy for the rest of his life.

"He really is just extremely fearful of trying to get any sort of treatment for it at this point because of what happened", Lepisto said.

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