Clinic ordered to pay $12 million after slide mix-up resulted in unnecessary prostate cancer surgery

April 16, 2019

A jury awarded $12.25 million Friday to a man who underwent debilitating prostate cancer surgery when in fact, he didn't have cancer at all. How could such a mistake have been made? The jury agreed that a pathologist mixed up slides two patients and the resulting surgery was performed on the wrong man. Rickie Huitt, of Panora, Iowa, and another patient were misconstrued in the malpractice mishap. Subsequent surgery resulted in the removal of Huitt’s prostate gland in April 2017. The operation also damaged nearby nerves, leaving the patient impotent and incontinent. The Iowa Clinic, admitted the error, but disagreed over how much compensation the man deserved. More about this story here.



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