Back sur­geon cut out kid­ney

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A WOMAN who went to hospi­tal for back surgery woke up with one less kid­ney af­ter a doc­tor mis­took the or­gan for a tu­mour.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing for years from back pain from a car ac­ci­dent, Mau­reen Pacheco checked in to hospi­tal in 2016 to get the bones in her lower back fused.

Dur­ing surgery, Dr Ra­mon Vazquez “no­ticed a pelvic mass and pro­vided a pre­sump­tive di­ag­no­sis of a gy­ne­co­logic ma­lig­nancy, lym­phoma, and/or other metastatic dis­ease,” stated an ad­min­is­tra­tive com­plaint.

Dr Vazquez then clipped and re­moved it from Pacheco’s body.

But the pelvic mass he thought he no­ticed was in fact an in­tact kid­ney, a pathol­o­gist con­firmed a month later.

Pacheco, 53, of Welling­ton, Florida, filed a mal­prac­tice claim that has since been set­tled.

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