Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The other is in the Albert Hall

A patient lost a testicle during an operation because the surgeon cut it off by mistake, a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing has been told.

Dr Sulieman Al Hourani was only supposed to cut out a cyst, but removed the whole right testicle instead.

Sounds like a bit of a balls up. What happened?

Sarah Prichard, counsel for the GMC, said the mistake was made as a nurse helping the surgeon turned her back to get a stitch.

When she turned around the testicle had been removed.

Ms Prichard said: "Literally as the nurse turned away to get a transfixion stitch, the incident occurred and the testicle was removed.

"Such was the level of concern they immediately realised it could be a serious medical incident and took steps to complete the relevant documentation."

Emergency paperwork. Splendid. If it hadn't been for that split-second decision, the right forms may never have been filled out. 

They do a marvellous job.


Mac the Knife said...

"Sounds like a bit of a balls up"

Please, please, enough already!

*head in hands*

Anonymous said...

The nurse turned away and the surgeon did what!!! Did he not know what operation he was supposed to be performing? Was the nurse directing the operation?

This all sound too fishy.

Anonymous said...

Oh ah Ow.
Thats gonna smart in the morning !
Unless it's ,no could'nt be ,surely not ,no THEY wouldn't be that cunning would they ?

Leg-iron said...

Mac - head in hands? I'm covering something else with mine.

If you ever go under anaesthetic, you now know what to count first when you wake up!