Doctor accidentally removes wrong eye during surgery – leaving patient blind

A doctor accidentally removed a patient’s one good eye during an operation, leaving him blind.

The patient at a major hospital in Slovakia was due to have surgery on a damaged eye, but his doctor’s mix-up left him and his family devastated.

The hospital has offered the victim and his family psychological care to deal with the horrifying mishap.

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According to Slovakia’s TASR news agency, a spokesperson at Bratislava University Hospital spokesperson said the doctor in question is no longer seeing any patients.

Slovakia’s health supervision authority have now launched an investigation into how such a shocking error could occur, reports the Mirror.

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The doctor is no longer allowed to see patients (stock)

It comes amid a turbulent time for the Slovak health sector, with an industrial dispute rumbling on over pay and working conditions.

Slovakia has seen a large exodus of medical staff, particularly to the Czech Republic and Austria.

Pressure on those doctors left in the country has increased significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic and last week the LOZ union said around 3,000 doctors were considering quitting unless their work conditions improved.

Operating errors are also prevalent in the UK.

Data from 2019 showed that 621 “never events” – blunders so serious they should never happen – had occurred in a 14-month period.

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That’s the equivalent of nine patients every week, according to data obtained by the PA news agency.

Similar surgery horror stories have occurred in the UK (stock)
Similar surgery horror stories have occurred in the UK (stock)

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The figures showed doctors had operated on the wrong body parts and left surgical tools (including surgical gloves, chest drains and drill bits) inside patients many times over.

One patient had the wrong toe amputated, while another had the wrong part of their colon removed.

Two men were mistakenly circumcised, while a woman had a lump removed from the wrong breast and two others had a biopsy taken from their cervix rather than their colon.

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A further six women had ovaries removed in error during hysterectomies, plunging them into menopause.