Maritzburg man dejected and in pain after erroneous vasectomy

2015-11-28 10:00

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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg man who went into hospital to have an abscess drained in theatre was horrified to learn he was given a vasectomy.

He is now considering suing Midlands Medical Centre for damages.

The botched medical fiasco may have arisen from a mix up of medical files, resulting in the man — who was booked in for the removal of an abscess — wrongfully being given a vasectomy.

Even though he was told the process was immediately reversed, the angry man, whose name is known to Weekend Witness, said he believes he was lied to because his genitals “are still damaged”.

He said he was thinking of taking legal action against the hospital after the ordeal at the end of October.

After the allegations were put to the institution, hospital manager Douglas Ross said they were unable to comment.

“In light of the Protection of Personal Information Act and the National Health Act, Midlands Medical Centre does not respond to queries from the media or a third party regarding any of our patients,” Ross said.

According to the man, he was taken to theatre “by the wrong doctor” and given a local anaesthetic.

“I was numb and dizzy but I could hear and see everything happening around me,” the man said.

Under the impression that an abscess near his genital area was being removed, the man said about half way through the procedure the doctor asked him for his name.

“Oh sh*t, it’s the wrong patient,” said the man, quoting what he heard from frantic medical staff around him after he told them his name.

“That is when I became very worried.”

According to sources at the hospital, the vasectomy was reversed and the abscess removed immediately after staff realised their mistake.

The man was then kept at the hospital overnight before being discharged the next day.

“It was so painful. The pain still comes and goes up to today, a month after the operation. I will not go to that hospital again,” the man said.

Even though he has children, the man said his hopes of finding a wife are now in jeopardy.

“I was planning to marry but now there are big problems. I will be rejected now,” the dejected man said yesterday. — Witness Reporter.


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