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Surgeon fined US$3K for removing kidney he thought was tumour

Surgeon fined US$3K for removing kidney he thought was tumour
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The Florida Board of Medicine says a West Palm Beach surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for removing a woman s healthy kidney that he thought was a tumour. (tcly/Istock.com)

Published Friday, January 11, 2019 7:14AM EST

WELLINGTON, Fla. -- The Florida Board of Medicine says a West Palm Beach surgeon has agreed to pay a US$3,000 fine for removing a woman s healthy kidney that he thought was a tumour.

The Palm Beach Post reports Ramon Vazquez was responsible for cutting Maureen Pacheco open in 2016 so two other surgeons could perform a back operation.

Pacheco had a kidney that never ascended into her abdomen, and Vazquez believed it was a cancerous tumour near her pelvis and removed it without her consent. Vazquez has said that he didn t review her medical records before the surgery.

Pacheco later sued the two primary doctors, who each settled for $250,000. Vazquez was also sued for malpractice and settled the case for a nominal amount.
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