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Texas man says surgeons removed wrong kidney

Published On: Jun 12 2014 08:46:38 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2014 08:47:43 AM CDT
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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.