Florida Surgeon Fined for Removing Kidney he Thought was Tumor

A West Palm Beach, Florida, surgeon agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for removing a woman’s kidney that he thought was a tumor.

Pacheco had a kidney that never ascended into her abdomen, and Vazquez believed it was a cancerous tumor near her pelvis and removed it without her consent. Vazquez has said that he didn’t review her medical records before the surgery. Vazquez must also attend training on preoperative patient evaluation.

Source: Surgeon will pay $3k fine for accidentally removing a kidney – News – The Palm Beach Post – West Palm Beach, FL

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