Sur­geon re­moves healthy kid­ney he thought was tu­mour

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WELLING­TON, Fla. A Florida sur­geon re­moved a woman’s healthy kid­ney while she was un­der­go­ing back surgery be­cause he be­lieved the vi­tal or­gan was a can­cer­ous tu­mour.

The Palm Beach Post re­ported last week that Mau­reen Pacheco has sued Ra­mon Vazquez and two other sur­geons for mal­prac­tice. Vazquez was re­spon­si­ble for cut­ting Pacheco open in 2016 so two or­tho­pe­dic sur­geons, Dr. John Britt and Dr. Jef­frey Ku­gler, could per­form the back oper­a­tion.

Pacheco’s at­tor­ney, Don­ald J. Ward, says she didn’t get a say in the re­moval. The law­suit was set­tled in Septem­ber. Vazquez’s at­tor­ney Mark Mit­tel­mark says the blame lies with Welling­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, which didn’t tell his client that Pacheco had a pelvic kid­ney.

The Florida Depart­ment of Health has filed an ad­min­is­tra­tive com­plaint with the Board of Medicine against Vazquez.

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