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Surgeon sued for not removing appendix during appendectomy

Apr 11 2014, 1:26pm CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Surgeon sued for not removing appendix during appendectomy
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Man realized he still had an appendix when his appendicitis came back


A surgeon has found himself facing a lawsuit after performing a surgery in 2013. The man who was the recipient of the botched surgery is William McCormack. McCormack is suing the surgeon and the hospital because whatever it was the surgeon removed wasn’t the appendix according to the Gothamist.

According to the pathology report, it was something yellowish that was sent in after the surgery to be checked out.

McCormack's lawyer said, "We have the pathology report from Lawrence Hospital after the first operation which says what was presented to the pathology department was not the appendix. It said it was a three centimeter yellowish mass."

McCormack only realized that he still had an appendix when he was rushed to the hospital with abdominal pain and found to be suffering from appendicitis.

"It was discovered that (McCormack's) appendix was never removed and was still inside him," according to the court papers.

Exactly how the man could go in for an appendectomy, presumably in pain, leave without the appendix being removed, and be fine for several months before having to go to the hospital again is unknown.

 

The man survived both surgeries without issue, but filed a suit. It's unknown what the man is seeking in his suit. The most likely thing is money. You have to wonder how good this surgeon is if he couldn't identify an appendix in the body and then when it was out of the body. The doctor labeled the yellowish mass as an appendix when he removed it and set it to pathology.

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