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Boy, four, is given ‘accidental vasectomy’ during hernia surgery as family sues Houston hospital

Four-year-old boy gets ‘accidental vasectomy’ during hernia surgery after doctor ‘cut the wrong piece of anatomy’: family sues Houston hospital for medical negligence

  • The four-year-old boy was undergoing surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital to treat a hernia, when the surgeon accidentally cut the tube containing the reproductive sperm.
  • His family is now suing the hospital and surgeon for medical negligence
  • It is feared that the boy will need more operations to have children in the future

The family of a four-year-old boy who accidentally had an ‘accidental vasectomy’ during surgery in Texas is suing hospital and a doctor for medical negligence.

The boy was undergoing surgery to treat a hernia in the groin area in August 2021, when the surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston accidentally cut the tube containing reproductive sperm.

It is feared that the four-year-old will need more surgery to have children – and even with medical advances, the boy could always have fertility problems.

Randy Sorrels, a Houston attorney representing the boy’s family, said the mistake during surgery could affect the boy “for the rest of his life.”

The boy was undergoing surgery for a hernia in the groin area in August 2021 when the surgeon at Texas Children's Hospital (file image) in Houston accidentally cut the tube containing reproductive sperm

The boy was undergoing surgery for a hernia in the groin area in August 2021 when the surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital (file image) in Houston accidentally cut the tube containing reproductive sperm

He told Fox 4 News: ‘You expect things to happen in life, but not necessarily in the hands of a surgeon, who simply cuts the wrong piece of anatomy.

‘The surgeon, we think, accidentally cut the vas deferens, one of the tubes that contains the reproductive sperm. It could affect this young man for the rest of his life.”

The vas deferens, or seminal duct, carries sperm from the testicles to the urethra – but once cut, it is unable to carry out this process.

Records show that the surgeon who performed the procedure has no history of malpractice and no problems have been previously reported.

It's feared the four-year-old will need more surgeries to have children - and even with medical advances, the boy could always have fertility problems (stock image)

It’s feared the four-year-old will need more surgeries to have children – and even with medical advances, the boy could always have fertility problems (stock image)

Sorrels added: “It’s not a common mistake at all. Before cutting or severing any part of the anatomy, a doctor is supposed to positively identify what that anatomy is and then cut it.

Here the doctor failed to accurately identify the anatomy that needed to be cut. Unfortunately, cut his vas deferens. They only found out when it was sent for pathology.’

Sorrels said the family hopes that advances in medical technology will enable the four-year-old to have children when he is older, but that would require further surgery.

“The main concern of the family is how this could affect their child physically, their ability to have children in the future, and emotionally,” says Sorrells.

†[Along with] that you have to explain this to a potential partner with whom you are going to have children.’

A Texas Children’s Hospital spokesperson said in a statement: “The top priority at Texas Children’s Hospital is the health and well-being of our patients. Due to patient privacy requirements, we are unable to comment.”

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