What should have been routine hernia surgery at a children’s hospital may have cost a little boy any chance of fathering his own children in the future.
The horror of the mistake rings that much more clear when the attorney for his distraught parents put it in plain language: ‘The parents now face the difficult task of explaining this to their son at the appropriate age.’
While too young to comprehend where babies come from, this little boy’s ability to have children of his own is already in doubt because of medical error.
The suit is seeking $500,000 in damages, the legal maximum for such an error.
Before the surgery, the boy, only identified in court documents as ‘R.B,’ complained of right-sided swelling in his scrotum that would worsen in the evenings when Dr. Susan L Jarosz recommended a right inguinal hernia repair in August 2021, according to ABC 13.
The surgery, conducted at the Texas Children’s Hospital, was scheduled for August 4, 2021, but when trying to remove the hernia, court documents say, Jarosz also cut the vas deferens, which carry the sperm out of the testes.
…She and risk management staff at Texas Children’s Hospital then advised the child’s parents of possible short- and long-term consequences – including reduced fertility, according to the lawsuit filed in Harris District Court on June 7. —DailyMail
What makes this story so horrific?
A child too young to understand the implications may face permanent sterility because of the actions of trusted medical experts.
Can you imagine the enormous burden this little boy will bear when he’s old enough to feel he wants a family of his own?
Meanwhile, we have a political party that wants to normalize puberty blockers on children too young to vote or sign a legal contract, with nobody on their side asking if the deliberately-induced sterility would multiply this same tragic situation many times over?
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