FORT WORTH -- An Arlington couple has filed a malpractice lawsuit after the wrong kidney was removed from a man diagnosed with cancer.
According to our content partners at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Glenn Hermes, 55, found out he had cancer in 2013 and agreed to have his left kidney removed.
After the surgery, he found out that his doctor had misread the pathology report and removed the wrong kidney. His right kidney, still in his body, was the one that was cancerous. A portion of Hermes' right kidney was also removed during surgery.
“I’m getting to the point where I should be enjoying life and thinking about retirement and not thinking about a transplant. It’s pretty emotional,” Hermes said in an interview with the Star-Telegram.
On Tuesday a lawsuit was filed by Hermes and his wife Bernadette against his urologist, Dr. Robert Stroud. They are also suing radiologist Dr. David Fenyes.
The lawsuit, filed in Tarrant County, names Lonestar Urology and Radiology Associates of North Texas. It claims gross negligence and malpractice.
The couple is asking for more than $1 million in damages.
Hermes is now cancer-free, but he must remain so for five years before he can receive a transplant.
“I’m trying to be uplifting and positive,” Bernadette Hermes told the Star-Telegram. “But I know that at any time his kidney could stop working.”
The doctors did not respond to the Star-Telegram when asked for comments.