WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A surgeon from West Palm Beach, Florida has been fined $3,000 after mistakenly removing a woman’s healthy kidney, believing it was a tumor.
- Ramon Vasquez has cut Maureen Pacheco open in 2016 in preparation for back surgery to be performed by two other surgeons.
- According to the Florida Board of Medicine, Vasquez removed the kidney without the patient’s consent.
Dr. Ramon Vasquez has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine after removing a patient’s kidney he believed was a tumor.
In April 2016, the West Palm Beach surgeon cut patient Maureen Pacheco open so two other surgeons could perform a back operation on her, according to the Florida Board of Medicine.
Pacheco had a healthy kidney that did not go up into her abdomen, making Vasquez assume that it was a cancerous tumor. He decided to remove it without Pacheco’s consent, the board added. The malpractice occurred at the Wellington Regional Medical Center.
The Palm Beach Post reported that Pacheco had a congenital condition in which her kidney never ascended into the abdomen and was located in her pelvic region.
In December 2017, the Florida Health Department filed a complaint stating that the cancer diagnosis was not related to Pacheco’s medical condition and “therefore medically unnecessary.”
“Dr. Vazquez is an excellent surgeon who has been providing exemplary, often life-saving services in our community for many years,” Vazquez’ lawyer, Michael Burt, told the Palm Beach Post. “In this instance, he, in collaboration with other members of the surgical team, exercised professional judgment.”
The surgeon admitted that he did not review Pacheco’s medical records prior to surgery. She also sued the two surgeons, who each settled for $25,000.
Pacheco sued Dr. Ramon Vasquez for malpractice. The surgeon settled the case for an undisclosed amount. He was also ordered to attend three hours of training on preoperative patient evaluation.
Source: Fox News