Last year, a 4-year-old American boy had a swelling in his groin, not red or painful, that was worse at night. His parents take him to Texas Children’s Hospital, reports The Sacramento Bee. He is examined by urologist Susan L. Jazosz, who diagnoses a hernia and suggests performing a laparoscopic operation to remove it and it has been scheduled for August 4, 2021, says the filing of a complaint. Only during the procedure, which is performed without a large incision, with cameras passed inside the body, she also mistakenly removed a channel carrying sperm.
An accidental vasectomy
When the hernia was removed, it was sent to the hospital laboratory for analysis. The report showed that a channel had also been accidentally removed, creating a vasectomy partial and involuntary to the little boy. “You expect things to happen in life, but not unnecessarily at the hands of a surgeon, who simply cut out the wrong piece of anatomy. We believe the surgeon accidentally cut the vas deferens, l “one of the tubes that carries sperm. It could affect this young boy for the rest of his life. It’s not a common mistake at all. Before a doctor cuts out any part of the anatomy, he’s supposed to positively identify what that part is, then cut. Here, the doctor failed to accurately identify the part that needed to be cut.”explains Randy Sorrels, the family lawyer, to Fox4News. No other similar error is attributed to Dr. Jazosz.
The parents were informed of the mistake made by the surgeon and the hospital advised them to tell their son what had happened when he is old enough to understand it. They were also told that it could reduce her fertility. “So parents are now faced with the difficult task of explaining this to their son at the appropriate age”summarizes the request for trial that has been filed.
Family sues hospital
Due to the fertility problems that this partial vasectomy could cause, the parents of the now 5-year-old boy decided to sue the hospital. Indeed, they want to obtain reparation and financial compensation for “his future medical expenses, his future mental pain and anguish, his future disfigurement, his physical impairment, and his future expenses for fertility treatments”. Indeed, in addition to having to explain to his or her future partner that he may not be able to have a child if they wish to have one, themedically assisted procreation (AMP) is systematically paid for in the United States, and it is extremely expensive. Gold, “these are considerations that a typical 4-year-old does not have”, recall the representatives of the family. She therefore requests compensation of between 250,000 and 1 million dollars (i.e. between 236,393 and 945,570 euros).
In a statement, the hospital simply said: “Texas Children’s Hospital’s first priority is the health and well-being of our patient. Due to medical confidentiality, we cannot comment.”