The child was operated on for a hernia when a surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital severed one of her tubes that will carry sperm as she gets older, and now faces lifelong infertility
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The family of a four-year-old boy accidentally given an “accidental vasectomy” during surgery are suing a hospital.
The child was undergoing surgery on a hernia when a surgeon cut one of her tubes that will carry sperm as she gets older.
It is now feared that he will need further surgeries to have children or that he could be infertile for life.
The medical mishap happened at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
Randy Sorrels, a lawyer acting on behalf of the boy’s family, said Fox 4 : “This is not a common mistake at all.
“Before a doctor cuts or cuts any part of anatomy, he must surely identify what that anatomy is and then cut.
“Here the doctor didn’t exactly identify the anatomy that needed to be cut.”
Mr Sorells said the surgeon who performed the hernia operation severed the boy’s vas deferens.
He warned the medical error could affect the boy “for the rest of his life.”
As a result of the mistake that happened in August last year, the boy suffered an unpleasant swelling.
In a statement from his legal team said ABC 13 : “Although we apologized, full accountability was not accepted.
“The parents now face the difficult task of explaining this to their son at the appropriate age.”
The family, who have filed a medical negligence lawsuit, are concerned about the impact it will have on the child and her potential partners.
Texas Children’s Hospital told Fox 4 it could not comment on the specific case, but said the “health and well-being of our patient” is its “top priority.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/boy-4-given-accidental-vasectomy-27225761 Boy, 4, accidentally received vasectomy during hernia surgery as family sued hospital