Surgeon removes kidney he thought was a tumor

Here’s today’s ‘Only in Florida’ story – a surgeon is being sued after removing a patient’s kidney, thinking it was a tumor.

The victim, Maureen Pacheco, has a ‘pelvic kidney’, a phenomenon where the kidney remains in the pelvis instead of the abdomen. The surgeon, Dr. Ramon Vazquez, thought the kidney was a cancerous growth and removed it, without getting permission or discussing the matter with Pacheco first.

Vazquez says the hospital should have told him about the pelvic kidney. The lawsuit was settled earlier this year.