Major medical mistake? Surgeon removes Fresno woman’s spleen instead of kidney

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A medical error left a Fresno County woman missing the wrong organ after a surgeon operated to remove a diseased kidney, according to a new lawsuit.

“(The doctor) went in for kidney surgery, took out a spleen,” said legal analyst Tony Capozzi. “That speaks for itself.”

Sarajane Parfitt thought her medical problems were over when she left Community Regional Medical Center after surgery to remove her diseased left kidney.

But a new lawsuit claims her problems had worsened.

Pathologists who examined the removed organ realized it was not her kidney.

“They called the hospital,” said plaintiff’s attorney Paul Pimentel, a partner at Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian. “The hospital immediately does a CT scan and sure enough, her kidney that should have been removed was still there. They had taken out the wrong organ, the spleen.”

The spleen helps fight invading germs, so it’s important to your immune system, leaving Parfitt vulnerable for the rest of her life, and surgeons took hers in the middle of the COVID pandemic.

“She is at risk of infections and she has to be very sensitive about this,” Pimentel said. “She had to have a lot of injections to prevent infections in the future. And she still needs her kidney to come out.”

We are not using the name of the doctor targeted in the lawsuit because attorneys tell Action News he was not involved in the surgery.

A spokeswoman for Community Hospitals sent us a statement saying, “At this difficult time for patient Sarajane Parfitt and her family members, we offer our condolences. Because this case is pending, we are unable to comment.”

Legal analyst Tony Capozzi says there isn’t much the doctor can use as a defense.

“Could he reasonably have made a mistake by removing the wrong body part?” he said. “Boy, it would be very hard to show how you could be wrong.”

Capozzi expects the case to be settled before any trial.

And since the 55-year-old patient will be dealing with the complications caused by this mistake for the rest of her life, the financial damages could be great.

If the case is not settled by then, the parties are scheduled for case management in court in October.

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