A surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City has been relieved of his duties after removing the wrong kidney from a patient, hospital officials said.
The patient was a 76-year-old man on dialysis with two diseased kidneys when the wrong one was removed, the hospital said. Doctors later removed the failed kidney and a hospital spokesperson said the patient is doing well.
“This event should never have occurred at Mount Sinai,” said spokeswoman Dorie Klissas. “We apologized to the patient, and we will do all we can to ensure that something like this never happens again.”
It is unclear when the incident occurred and the name of the surgeon has not been released.
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