Thursday, April 05, 2007


From the LA Times:

Benjamin Houghton had fewer reasons than most to fear the surgery he'd
scheduled at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center to remove his
potentially cancerous left testicle.

For one thing, the 47-year-old Air Force veteran and father of four already knew that he could function normally with a single, healthy testicle.

For another, he was getting his surgery in a system that has prided itself
on its pioneering efforts to prevent medical errors. One top VA official said
the VA's approach to safety is considered "a benchmark by healthcare organizations throughout the world."

But in Houghton's case, the hospital missed the mark. Last June 14, doctors
mistakenly removed the right testicle instead of the left, according to medical
records and a claim filed by Houghton and his wife Monica, 39.

Click here for the entire story [LA Times].

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