Here’s another case for the practically unbelievable files. A young
Arizona man is suing University Physicians Healthcare because he claims
his right testicle was unnecessarily removed. The story is Kenneth Irby
went in for what he believed was going to be a routine biopsy on his right
testicle. He asserts that the agreement with his doctor was that his right
testicle would only be removed IF cancer were positively discovered.
Because his testicle was indeed removed, Irby believed it had been cancerous.
At a follow-up appointment, however, he learned that the biopsy was negative
and that he did not have cancer.
On the surface the case seems to be about miscommunication or possibly
a medical error, but the story gets stranger, and it’s hard to tell
what is what. It seems Irby’s testicular pain began with a drunk
driving car accident in which he was involved in a rollover crash. He
then went to the University Medical Center and began to experience pain.
An ultrasound was ordered, but Irby left the hospital before getting the
results. He later received a call from the hospital informing him that
the ultrasound turned up a mass, and he needed a biopsy. Irby is adamant
that the doctor told him the testicle would only be removed with the confirmation
of cancer, but the hospital records contradict this–they indicate
Irby would undergo an excisional biopsy, a biopsy of the testicle after
removal. Irby seems quite distraught over the removal of his testicle.
He claims it has negatively affected his social life and his self-esteem.