The Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man is seeking more than $1 million in damages after he says surgeons mistakenly removed his healthy kidney instead of his cancerous one.
Glenn Hermes of Arlington told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that a pathology report was misread, causing the error. A portion of his remaining kidney has been removed because of the cancer, further limiting his kidney function.
The 55-year-old Hermes filed a lawsuit this week against his urologist and a radiologist for malpractice and gross negligence.
He's waiting to see if he will need dialysis, a transplant or expensive drugs to maintain his health.
But Hermes must be cancer-free for five years before he's eligible for a transplant, and there's no guarantee the operation would be successful.