A Florida surgeon who removed a woman’s “fully-functioning” kidney after mistaking the organ for a cancerous mass has agreed to pay $3,000 in addition to other penalties to who?, according to court documents from the Florida Board of Medicine that surfaced this week.
According to court documents, Dr. Ramon Vazquez — who was responsible for performing back surgery on Maureen Pacheco — mistakenly removed her “fully-functioning left kidney” in April 2016.
Pacheco was born with a condition where her kidney never moved into her abdomen and remained in her pelvic region, as reported by the Palm Beach Post.
Court documents state that an MRI showed Pacheco’s kidney in her pelvic region two months before the surgery.
Vazquez thought the kidney was a cancerous mass, and did not consult with the surgery team or take other steps to consult with radiology before he removed it.
The lawsuit alleges the doctor was negligent in his actions, as he did not have Pacheco’s consent.
Documents filed Dec. 27 revealed Vazquez agreed to pay the $3,000 fine in addition to $4817.90 in court costs. He will also have to complete three hours of continuing medical education in “pre-operative evaluation” in addition to those required to renew his medical license. He will have to give a one-hour lecture to the medical staff on “wrong site surgery.”
“Having resolved her lawsuit against Dr. Vazquez and her other physicians, Ms. Pacheco is content to now move on with her life. She is hopeful that as a result of our lawsuit and the Department of Health review, Dr. Vazquez will not make a similar mistake in the future with another patient,” said Donald Ward, the attorney who filed Pacheco’s lawsuit.
The two primary doctors responsible for performing the back surgery were also sued by Pacheco and settled for $250,000 each.
With News Wire Services