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Whenever you have "a bad day" please refer to this article: [Wink]

Veteran has wrong testicle removed, files claim Doctors at Los Angeles VA Hospital mistakenly operated on healthy one


LOS ANGELES - An Air Force veteran has filed a federal claim after an operation at a Veterans Administration hospital in which a healthy testicle was removed instead of a potentially cancerous one.

Benjamin Houghton, 47, was to have had his left testicle removed June 14 at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center because there was a chance it could harbor cancer cells. It also was atrophied and painful.

But doctors mistakenly removed the right testicle, according to medical records and the claim, which seeks $200,000 for future care and unspecified damages. He still hasn’t had the other testicle removed.

“At first I thought it was a joke,” Houghton told the Los Angeles Times. “Then I was shocked. I told them, ‘What do I do now?”’

Houghton, his wife, Monica, and their attorney, Dr. Susan Friery, said they hoped to get the VA’s attention by going public with the situation.

Dr. Dean Norman, chief of staff for the Greater Los Angeles VA system, has formally apologized to Houghton and his wife.

“We are making every attempt that we can to care for Mr. Houghton, but it’s in litigation, and that’s all we can tell you,” he said. The hospital changed practices as a result of the case, he added.

WOW...I would like to add that he will be having no testes after this incident..Do the math.

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got ballz for fightin' em, though

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sounds like he had a Ball lol

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quote:
Originally posted by T e x:
got ballz for fightin' em, though

True, technically they are still his...
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quote:
Originally posted by Machiavelli:
sounds like he had a Ball lol

Indeed...lol! [Big Grin]
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I guess this gives new meaning to the family Jewels. He priced his at $200,000 minus Attorney fees which conservatively would be 35% so $130,000.

Would you sell the family Jewels for $130,000?

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Ouch that hurts.

In the 60's and 70's that VA hospital was considered a real bad one. Looks like they are back to their old tricks.

I ended up going in there for some tests in 1970.
I had a 4 hour wait and there was a vet with a broken arm who got in just before me. This guy was in agony and they still had him wait his turn which was about the 4 hours.

I had gone in there because i thought i might have maleria again and this was one of the few places i could get tested. I finally got tested after my 4 hour wait and they told me i could get my results in 3 weeks. I told them if i had maleria that i could not wait 3 weeks for their results. They told me to contact a supervisor and maybe he could get those tests sooner. To make a long story short, i started feeling better in a couple of days and that was lucky for me because they could never find the blood that was taken from me to be tested.

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I actually had a good experience at the VA Wadsworth, which would be the VA Hospital in WLA. Shortly after my discharge I had an accident. My ankle got in the way of a moving vehicle and the bone above the ankle was crushed. Since I didn't have Medical insurance, I was taken to the local County medical facility, a real meat market. After a couple days there and in excruciating pain, I was transferred to the VA Hospital. At the County Hospital they had put a cast on the leg after Xrays. I had developed an infection.

At the VA they removed the cast, started me on antibiotics and after 10 days performed the surgery which saved my leg. I got lucky. Though painful I still have both legs today and am able to walk on them.

During the following month that I was there I talked to many patients who had been coming there for years and met people who had legs, arms and other organs removed that were the wrong ones. Many Vet's suffered greatly because of inadequate staffing.

The problem with this and many VA Hospitals is funding or I should say the lack of funding. It doesn't say a whole heck of a lot for those in power that readily send soldier's to war and forget about them once they come back.

Those President's and Congress should give up their nice Medical plans and be forced to get their health care through the VA system. Maybe then they would care a little bit more.

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Though it is sad to hear the stories of neglect and abuse by the VA, I want to point out that it isn't just the VA that does these inexcusable things, then passes them off with something like, “We are making every attempt that we can to care for Mr. Houghton, but it’s in litigation, and that’s all we can tell you,” he said. The hospital changed practices as a result of the case, he added.

Back in the 70s, in a Florida hospital, (in Miami, if I recall correctly) a surgeon amputated a patient's leg at the knee. Sadly, it was the wrong knee and the patient, in serious danger of loss of life, had to have the other leg (the sick one) removed later, leaving him with no leg at all.

Of course, a law suit ensued and the now legless patient won a small judgment with the hospital and the physicians claiming the mix-up was no one persons fault and was the result of miscommunication, but they promised to establish routines to prevent that from ever occuring again.

Then, maybe 5 years later the exact same thing happened again to another patient.....same hospital, same surgeon. Again, the response of the medical community was to promise to install procedures to assure there would be no recurrence.

I maintain it isn't the VA that is the problem, but the entire medical profession, that sees us as little more than the ignorant masses from whose pockets they have been granted, by law, the right to syphon funds. (I keep reading and rereading the Constitution to see where it is stated, therein, that the medical profession is awarded the rights to the largest portion of the Nation's budget and that Congress may make no laws disrespecting that. Someone help me out. I can't find it, but I know it must be there.)

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There are safety procedures now that are suppose to stop this problem. When you go to have a procedure done the doctor marks the side that is to be worked on(if possible) and the patient confirms the side of surgery and type (if possible) before they start surgery. But it still is a problem and like Bdgee did state not just a VA one.

They also have procedures in place to try and keep patients from getting the wrong medicines when hospitalized but they still have problems with this also.

The other thing you are dealing with at the VA and some other hospitals is that they are training facilities. Although you would think that help stop these type of errors because more people are involved in the procedure, but unfortunately that is not the case.

I guess it still comes down to the saying that doctors are practioners... they practice on us.

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that's correct iwish...

but how do you mark the right nut?

X marks the nut?

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LOL, THE RICH NUT GLASS.

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Any time and anywhere, whenever religion has dictated politics, human progress is stifled in order to promote superstition and purely innocent people are the most common victims.

There is nothing democratic in religion or in what religion would allow in politics. Promote religion over politics and you are feeding dictatorship.

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