A Pennsylvania man has been awarded $870,000 after a doctor removed the wrong testicle during a surgery in 2013, according to Fox 43.
Steven Hanes, 54, of Mount Union, Pa., was operated on to remove a painful right testicle, after experiencing pain for years. Medical imaging showed that the testicle was nearly half the size of the other, the same outlet reports.
However, Hanes discovered that his left testicle — the healthy one — had been removed in the procedure.
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This stock image shows a man holding his crotch. In Pennsylvania, a 54-year-old patient was awarded nearly $900,000 after a doctor removed the wrong testicle. (ANDRIANO_CZ/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO)
A Pennsylvania jury allowed for Hanes to receive $620,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.
The latter part of that award is a result of the jury finding the surgeon, Dr. Valley Spencer Long, “recklessly indifferent” in his treatment of Hanes, Fox 43 writes.
It is the first medical malpractice verdict in the immediate area in at least 25 years.