WELLINGTON, Fla .-- The Florida Board of Medicine says a surgeon from West Palm Beach has agreed to pay a fine of $ 3,000 for removing the healthy kidney from a woman he considered a tumor.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Ramon Vazquez was responsible for opening Maureen Pacheco in 2016 so that two other surgeons were able to perform a back surgery.
Pacheco had a kidney that never got into her abdomen, and Vazquez thought it was a cancerous tumor near her pelvis and removed it without her consent. Vazquez said he did not check their medical records before the operation.
Later, Pacheco sued the two main doctors, who each agreed for $ 250,000. Vazquez was also sued for misconduct and opted for a nominal amount.
Vazquez also needs to attend pre-operative patient assessment training.