Man’s horror as doctors take out the wrong organ as he has surgery to remove appendix

A man who went in to get his appendix removed woke up to find out that doctors removed a totally different organ instead, nearly killing him right there on the operating table

George Piano, who had surgery for an urgent appendix removal learned his surgeons removed a different organ instead, leading to four more surgeries and chronic pain(KIRO)

A man who says doctors removed the wrong organ when he came in for an appendectomy says, “It’s been a hell of a year,” as he recovers from his near-death experience.

George Piano, 72, is suing doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center Northwest for malpractice after he woke up from what should have been a simple procedure in a dire state after a scan two days later revealed that doctors removed a part of his colon.

Piano filed a 13-page lawsuit detailing the ordeal, which he says started in December 2022 when he walked into an emergency room complaining of stomach pain and was diagnosed with appendicitis. Doctors said his appendix had to go – a common procedure that over 280,000 people a year go through.

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The surgery should have stopped Piano’s stomach pain. But he woke up in a worse condition than before. “When I woke up and came out of the drugs, I was in serious pain,” he recalled. “Much worse than I had been in when I went to the hospital.”

The lawsuit claims that doctors “couldn’t find his appendix,” and a CT scan done two days later showed that his appendix was still there, but a piece of his colon was missing.

“I’m not the same person I was when this started,” Piano said in an interview with local CBS affiliate KIRO-TV. “I was suffering from a leaking colon that created sepsis and infection,” Piano told KIRO. “And I almost died from it.”

In addition, doctors punctured his colon during the surgery, “causing its contents to spill into his abdominal cavity,” making him much sicker. To fix the colon, he had to endure a second surgery that helped manage the infection. After that, Piano said he underwent four additional surgeries.


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