Doctor Removes Wrong Testicle From Pennsylvania Man, Jury Awards $870,000 In Damages

A jury in Pennsylvania awarded $870,000 to Steven Hanes of Mount Union, after the court ruled against a hospital and one of its doctors for removing the wrong testicle during a surgery in June 2013, reports said Sunday. Hanes’ lawyer Braden Lepisto said the jury consisted of 11 women and one man and they deliberated on the case for about an hour and 20 minutes before coming to the decision.

Hanes, 54, was awarded a total amount of $870,000 in damages, which comprised of $620,000 for “pain and suffering” and $250,000 for “reckless indifference,” according to a report by PennLive. The jury concluded the case Wednesday and reached a verdict against the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and Dr. Valley Spencer Long, the doctor who conducted the surgery on Hanes. Hanes filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and the doctor in 2014.

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In his lawsuit, Hanes said Long’s reckless behavior was one of the reasons for the mistake during the surgery. The doctor was not able to identify the damaged testicle and thus ended up removing the wrong one. Hanes claimed in his lawsuit he had been undergoing chronic pain in his right testicle and thus he visited Long, who recommended a surgery even though other options were available. Long removed the healthy left testicle instead of the one that was damaged.

Based on Hanes’ medical records, the damaged testicle on the right was about half the size of the healthy one on the left during the time of the surgery, a report from Fox 6 Now indicated.

“Steve had the right testicle pain for 15 years before he went to see Dr. Long. He wanted to relieve the pain. Four years later Steve continues to have the pain. He’s had more frequent pain.” said Hanes’ lawyer Lepisto.

Court filings also claimed Long wrote in a post-operative report that “it appeared that the left testicle and cord…

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