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Boy, 4, received vasectomy after going to hospital for hernia surgery in horror mix-up

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Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston is being sued by the family of a four-year-old boy who received an “accidental vasectomy” from a surgeon during hernia surgery

A Houston hospital is being sued by the family of a four-year-old boy who accidentally underwent a vasectomy.

The child was undergoing surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital to treat a hernia when he was given the “unintentional vasectomy” in August 2021.

During the operation, a surgeon cut one of the boy’s tubes, which will carry sperm when he gets older, leading to fears he will need another operation to have children or that he could be infertile for life.

“They expect things to happen in life, but not unnecessarily from a surgeon who just cut the wrong piece of anatomy,” Randy Sorrels, a lawyer acting on behalf of the boy’s family, told Fox 4.

The family lawyer added: “This is not a common mistake at all.

“Before a physician cuts or cuts any part of the anatomy, he should be able to identify with certainty what that anatomy is and then cut.”

He warned the medical error could affect the boy “for the rest of his life” and believed the boy would always have fertility problems.

The attorney also said the four-year-old complained of right-sided swelling in his scrotum, which got worse in the evenings.

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“While we have apologized, full accountability has not been accepted,” Houston attorneys Randy Sorrels and Tom Omondi said in a statement to ABC 13.

“The parents now face the difficult task of explaining this to their son at the appropriate age.”

A spokesman for Texas Children’s Hospital said in a statement, “The top priority at Texas Children’s Hospital is the health and well-being of our patients.

“Due to patient privacy requirements, we are unable to comment.”

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.”

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