A young man in the UK lost his ability to have children recently after doctors operated on the "wrong site” and accidentally performed a vasectomy on him. The man originally went into surgery for a minor urological procedure.
"We have apologised unreservedly to the patient and we are offering him our full support,” medical director Dr. Peter Williams said. “We greatly regret the distress this has caused him. This is a serious incident and we are investigating this fully to understand why it occurred and how we can ensure it does not happen again."
Though a procedure does exist to reverse a vasectomy, it only has about a 50% success rate.
Lawyers tell the Telegraph that the involved patient could get a payout of roughly $170,000 for the mistake.
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"This is a truly shocking and worrying case,” clinical negligence lawyer Ian Cohen said. “From what we know there has been a catastrophic breakdown in procedure, as simple checks designed to ensure the correct operation is carried out on the right patient seem to have failed. In a worst-case scenario -- sterility in a younger man with no children -- the trust might be liable for a figure in excess of £100,000 ($170,000) in compensation.”
England’s National Health Service reports that the country has roughly 300 botched surgeries per year. The United States keeps no such centralized record of surgical mishaps.