Texas man says surgeons removed wrong kidney

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Associated Press

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 1:08 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas man is seeking more than $1 million in damages after he says surgeons mistakenly removed his healthy kidney instead of his cancerous one.

Glenn Hermes of Arlington told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1pntVAF ) that a pathology report was misread, causing the error. A portion of his remaining kidney has been removed because of the cancer, further limiting his kidney function.

The 55-year-old Hermes filed a lawsuit this week against his urologist and a radiologist for malpractice and gross negligence.

He's waiting to see if he will need dialysis, a transplant or expensive drugs to maintain his health.

But Hermes must be cancer-free for five years before he's eligible for a transplant, and there's no guarantee the operation would be successful.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com

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