An investigation has been launched at a hospital in Bristol after a two-year-old boy was left infertile after surgeons mistakenly operated on the wrong testicle.
The toddler was admitted to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to correct an undescended testicle, a condition doctors said could be treated with ‘minimal risk’ in a procedure that was expected to last around 30 minutes.
However, following the operation, the family were left waiting for over two hours before surgeons, managers and consultants came and informed the family that there had been an error during the operation and they had operated on the wrong area.
The family were told that the surgeon had accidentally inserted a camera into the wrong side meaning that their son’s healthy testicle would never work.
The boy’s father said: “After two and a half hours the manager, surgeons and consultants they came and I knew something was not right. Me and my wife started panicking, they called us into the office and told us things didn’t go right and the operation wasn’t a success.
“I was very distressed, it was an awful disaster for a simple operation. They destroyed everything and they ruined my son, they castrated him and now my son’s future life has dramatically changed.”
The Hospital trust has vowed to investigate the matter fully to determine how this accident occurring.
In a statement, Trust medical director Dr William Oldfield said: ‘On behalf of the Trust, I am deeply sorry that a serious incident has occurred in the treatment of a young child in our care and would like to offer our sincerest apologies.
“As soon as our staff realised what had happened they met with the family to offer their apologies and explain what had happened.
“We take patient safety and standards of clinical care very seriously and have begun a thorough investigation into this matter and will work with the family throughout this process.”