Boy, 4, given vasectomy after going to hospital for hernia op in horror mix up

A Houston hospital is being sued by the family of a four-year-old boy who was accidentally given a vasectomy.

The child was undergoing surgery at Texas Children's Hospital to treat a hernia in the groin area when he was given the 'unintended vasectomy' in August 2021.

During the operation a surgeon cut one of the boy's tubes, which will carry sperm when he gets older, leading to fears he will need further surgery in order to have children, or could face lifelong infertility.

"You expect things to happen in life, but not unnecessarily at the hands of a surgeon, who simply cut the wrong piece of anatomy," Randy Sorrels, an attorney acting on behalf of the boy's family, told Fox 4.

The family's attorney added "It’s not a common mistake at all.

"Before a doctor transects or cuts any part of the anatomy, they are supposed to positively identify what that anatomy is and then cut."

He warned that the medical blunder could affect the boy "for the rest of his life" and believed the boy would always have fertility issues.

The attorney also said that the four-year-old had complaints of right-sided swelling in his scrotum that would worsen in the evenings.

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"While apologies were given, full accountability was not accepted," Houston attorneys Randy Sorrels and Tom Omondi said in a statement to ABC 13.

"The parents now face the difficult task of explaining this to their son at the appropriate age."

A spokesperson with the Texas Children's Hospital said in a statement: "Texas Children's Hospital's top priority is the health and well-being of our patients.

"Due to patient privacy requirements, we are unable to comment."

The family, which has filed a lawsuit for medical negligence, is concerned about the impact it will have on the child, and his potential partners.

Texas Children's Hospital told Fox 4 that it was unable to comment on the specific case, but said the "health and well-being of our patient" was its "top priority".

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