Man Receives £20,000 Compensation From NHS After Being Mistakenly Circumcised
Mixing up your notes in the workplace is inconvenient at the best of times; but in a hospital, the consequences can be far more serious than a missed meeting or deadline.
Terry Brazier found this out the hard, after visiting Leicester Royal Infirmary for a Botox injection and leaving without his foreskin.
The 70-year-old said he got distracted talking to nurses and didn't know what had happened until it was too late.
Speaking to the Daily Star, he said the news there was no more skin where there was foreskin came as a 'real surprise'.
He said: "I went in the surgery for some Botox and they ended up circumcising me.
"They didn't know what to say when they found out they'd done it, they said they can't send me back to the ward and they needed to talk to me.
"The nurse was at the side of me and we were talking so I didn't know what was going on.
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"It was a real surprise."
The mix-up was made last year and Mr Brazier has now been awarded £20,000 in compensation by the NHS.
Andrew Furlong, Medical Director at University Hospitals of Leicester, said: "We remain deeply and genuinely sorry that this mistake occurred, and I would like to take this opportunity to once again apologise to Mr Brazier.
"We take events like this very seriously and carried out a thorough investigation at the time to ensure that we learnt from this incident and do all we can to avoid it happening again.
"Whilst money can never undo what happened, we hope this payment provides some compensation."
The botched procedure was one of eight 'never events' which took place at University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trusts last year.
The trust say never events are 'serious, largely preventable safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures are implemented'.
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