10 Horrible Medical Mix-Ups


10 Horrible Medical Mix Ups 10. Left and Right In most cases, diabetes can be life changing.
But at its very worst it can be debilitating, with nearly 5% of survivors suffering leg
amputations. That’s roughly 200,000 a year in the US, and the disease accounts for 85%
of amputations worldwide. While losing a leg can be a horrible last
resort to save your life, just imagine if the leg that’s taken wasn’t quite so necessary. That was the case in Tampa, Florida in 1995
when Willie King underwent a leg amputation at the hands of a surgeon named Rolando R.
Sanchez. The patient’s medical consent form correctly
stated that King was due to have his right leg removed, but the schedule blackboard said
“left”. And believe it or not, before this case, surgeons were under no obligation
to check the paperwork before the procedure. It just so happened that a nurse checked the
form midway through surgery, when Sanchez was tearing through King’s ligaments. That
meant he had to have BOTH legs taken. At the very least, King was awarded $1,150,000
in damages, but I’m not sure that quite makes up for the needless loss of a limb. 9. Wrong side of the Brain If you were to rank the most important places
to be accurate in surgery, the brain would undoubtedly be head and shoulders above the
rest. Literally. Whereas a wonky bodily incision could of course
cause complications, even the smallest brain surgery mistake could lead to permanent neurological
damage. So you should AT LEAST make sure it’s the correct side. The Rhode Island hospital didn’t appear
to reach that standard in 2007, since in that single year ALONE, it performed THREE separate
brain operations on the wrong side of patients’ brains. In one case, a doctor insisted he knew the
right side and overruled a nurse, but got it wrong. In another, a training doctor cut
the wrong side after skipping a checklist. Then in the last case, the chief resident
started cutting in the wrong place and the nurse didn’t stop him. A review of the cases found the mistakes were
caused by a strict hierarchy where nurses felt they couldn’t speak up against doctors
out of fear of reprisal. But despite the litany of errors, the hospital
was fined just $50,000. Sure, that’ll teach ‘em. 8. Scammary Glands At this point, the unqualified scam artist
cosmetic surgeon is a bit of a trope. Something you’d see in a Lifetime channel TV movie.
But sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction, and the tale of Reinaldo Silvestre [Ren-al-do
Sil-vest-ree] exemplifies that perfectly. Back in 1999, amateur Miami bodybuilder Alexander
Baez wanted to get a jump in his career, so he decided to invest in pectoral implants.
Kind of defeats the point but whatever, that’s not the point of the story. For the procedure, Baez turned to Silvestre,
who turned out to be an unlicensed practitioner pretending to be a surgeon. With that in mind, you probably shouldn’t
be surprised that Silvestre used the horse tranquiliser and party drug ketamine as an
anaesthetic, and a SPATULA as a medical instrument. Bad as that is, it’s not a mix up, it’s
just malpractice. The real mix up here was that Baez woke up
not with the shiny new pecs he wanted, but with two fake breasts. Breasts that he had
to sport for 12 weeks before they could be removed. Where did this guy get his inspiration from,
Doctor Nick!? 7. Phantom Cancer When you have a doctor’s appointment, the
word that every patient dreads to hear above all is ‘cancer’. Like many other people, Kim Tutt heard that
exact word in 2000 when she was told that she had cancer in her jaw. With just three
to six months to live, she was told that she could extend her prognosis by 4 months by
having part of her jaw replaced by her fibula. The 34-year-old mother of two agreed to that
radical procedure in the desperate hope of spending more time with her kids, as any mum
would. But several months after the surgery took
place, her doctor told her that there had been a mistake due to a cross-contaminated
biopsy. Long story short, she NEVER HAD CANCER. Because of that careless, and not to mention
life-changing error, Tutt had undergone a total of 5 surgeries but was still left disfigured
and missing 9 teeth on the right side of her face. And while it SHOULD be reassuring to learn
that you’re not going to die after all, the knowledge that you were unnecessarily
deformed is a bitter pill to swallow. 6. Bad trip
Now here’s a cautionary tale kids. Pharmacists aren’t infallible, so double check your
medicine is actually the one you’re prescribed. Otherwise, things might go a little bit awry. I’m telling you this because of a story
from 2015, when a 12-year-old girl named Riley McDougall was prescribed the antibiotic Azythromycin
[Az-ee-thro-my-sin]. She got her pills from her local CVS pharmacy,
which was all well good, until it turned out that the pills she had actually been given
were in fact Ambien – a powerful sleep aid. Oh and it also risks causing serious damage
to children, hence why it’s almost never prescribed to them. After Riley took the mixed up medication,
she began wildly hallucinating, and upon reaching the emergency room, she was told it was because
of the Sudafed she was taking for her cold. Well, guess what, it wasn’t! And that soon
became apparent when the same thing happened after the next dose. It wasn’t until the
parents described the pills to the pharmacy that they realised that pink pills probably
aren’t the same as white pills. Hm, strange that. 5. Roboverdose Technology is at the heart of everything we
do nowadays, and for good reason. Computers are able to process information far more accurately
and efficiently than the human brain ever could. But the downside to that is that people put
an incredible amount of trust in machines that, as of right now, are incapable of demonstrating
sense or judgement. That’s especially risky when it comes to medical systems, as in the
case of Pablo Garcia. The teenager, who suffers from NEMO Deficiency
Syndrome, visited San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital for a routine procedure,
which involved being given the antibiotic Septra. So when it came to getting his prescription,
a nurse input his dosage of 120mg on the computer system. BUT, little known to them, the software’s
default was to measure according to the patient’s weight. That meant that Garcia was prescribed a dosage
of 160mg per kilogram, which equates to THIRTY EIGHT pills. Needless to say, that’s way
over. Somehow, the nurse didn’t question the wisdom
of the machine and ignored their common sense, which luckily didn’t kill the patient, but
things really could have gone much worse. 4. Wrong Blood Type Even under ideal circumstances, transplants
come with massive risk, but imagine the danger when it’s not even the right blood type. That was the case in 2003 for 17-year-old
Jessica Santilan, who was suffering from a life-threatening heart and lung disorder. The girl was considered somewhat of a miracle
after her parents snuck her over the Mexican border to get her treatment that her home
country couldn’t provide. After hearing the story, her neighbours in North Carolina
started a charity to fundraise her surgery. But Santilan’s hopes for a better life were
dashed when it came to the actual surgery itself. Mid-way through the procedure at the prestigious
Duke Hospital, doctors realised that the donor organs were blood type A, when Santilian’s
were type O. According to an enquiry, 12 staff members had the chance to check the blood
type match after the initial mistake but not one did. Despite a second corrective transplant, Jessica’s
immune system had already turned on her new organs and, tragically, she didn’t survive. 3. Stabbing Headache Medical mistakes can come in all shapes and
sizes, naturally, since the human body is really bloody complicated. While some are
wacky, some are heartbreaking, this one is just unfathomable. For four years, Li Fuyan suffered from severe
headaches, bad breath and breathing difficulties for no discernable reason. So in 2011, he
eventually visited Yuxi [Yu-zsi] City people’s hospital in China’s Yunnan Province to get
to the bottom of the mystery. It turned out that Li’s symptoms traced
all the way back to an incident 4 years before where he was stabbed in the head. No one at the original visit had realised
that the knife had detached itself inside Li’s head. As a result, his ailments were
caused by piercing sharp metal corroding inside his noggin. But despite the incredible pain over four
years, Li decided to self-medicate with injections rather than find out the cause of the problem.
And there’s me thinking I was squeamish about going to the dentist. 2. Surprise Snip I get it, mistakes happen. It’s easy to
mix up similar things, like your girlfriend’s favourite flowers with your ex’s, or soy
versus almond milk in someone’s decaf moccachino. But when your job involves sticking sharp
objects in people’s bodies, you’d better be a damn sight more careful. Otherwise, something
might happen that’s a little bit like… this. In Leicester, England in 2018, a patient was
scheduled for a routine cystoscopy, where a tiny camera examines inside your bladder.
But the doctor handling it mixed up the paperwork with another patient undergoing a somewhat
different minor surgery. Upon waking up, that patient discovered that
he was missing something from his person – his foreskin. Yep, the surgeon accidentally mixed
up ‘cystoscopy’ with ‘circumcision.’ That was just one of a litany of so-called
‘never events’ that NHS hospitals publish each year, which shouldn’t ever happen.
Feels like that’s a bit of an ironic name considering they happen every year. Other
cases included a swab left inside a patient and a hip operation on the wrong side. Those are pretty bad, but I’d take either
over a surprise snip any day. 1. Penis poop Okay, I’m going to warn you right now. This
did happen. Yes, it sounds like an episode of South Park, but it IS real and it IS gross.
Anyway, on with the entry. For those of you who aren’t aware, colostomies
are a pretty routine surgical procedure to divert the colon through a hole in the stomach
– the idea being to help the rectum heal or just permanently bypass a damaged bottom half. Back in 2006, a man named Joseph Swain underwent
a pretty usual colostomy at Kent General hospital in Wilmington Delaware to treat an abscess
in his abdomen. No problem there. But when it came time to conduct the reverse
colostomy, the surgeons didn’t exactly hit their mark. Instead of reattaching the colon
to the rectum, they instead attached it to Mr. Swain’s bladder. The direct consequence was that the patient
began discharging liquified fecal matter through his urethra. In layman’s terms, HE PEED
POOP. As a result, Swain sued on account of the
follow-up surgeries needed, the pain inflicted and the effects on his marriage. I REALLY
hope he got a lot for that.

100 thoughts on “10 Horrible Medical Mix-Ups

  1. These are scary but my biggest medical fear is being aware during anesthesia, and feeling your whole surgery. Which is more common than you'd think

  2. Pharmacies mess up far more then people know! I just had a medication mixup last week! I am an RPT, and knew the pills were wrong as soon as I got home!
    Partly my fault, I didnt make them open each vial to double check at the till, but scary all the same! Thank goodness mine was the same med, just a different dose!

    And the nurse story is very very scary and lazy!! I now work in an ER, so not quite a Childrens hospital, but we ALWAYS double check all medication doses and routes! Even when they come from our in hospital pharmacy! It is part of the protocol!
    Right route
    Right dose
    Right patient

    Jeepers! 38 pills didnt hit a red flag with anyone!?!

  3. My prescription meds often vary in color depending upon which generic the pharmacy happens to have in stock. Sometimes there's a sticker on the bottle saying that it looks different but it's still the same med.

  4. Just to clarify; you would rather have surgery in the wrong hip – and then need to also get it in the right hip to rectify the situation and then have to go through rehab, than to have someone accidentally snip a couple of cms of somewhat unused skin; definitely bone and joint less, for sure!?!?? Really??? I think a mutilated penis is ugly as sin, just like you; but damn; i’d for sure take the snip over potentially debilitating surgery….
    Is it me who is wierd?

  5. Why do you quite down to almost whispering randomly mid sentence? I can't make out what your saying and this happens every video….

  6. #1 was fixable. Many were not. Nurses and anyone, should be protected when trying to correct a doctor. When a doctor won't listen, that doctor should also receive some of the brunt of the burden, not just the hospital, if even the hospital. I have to admit I don't know if it's correct to take away their license, it's a case by case situation. Can you imagine spending all that time and money to become a doctor and then have it taken away. However, if an ego prevents you from listening, then yeah, you don't deserve consideration.

  7. My mom recently went in for non invasive brain surgery, we were told risk were extremely small. The doctor messed up during the operation, my mom was in the hospital for a year and now has extremely limited use of the right side of her body. She was a extreme athlete before this mess.

  8. Hey man u should do dentists. Mine gave me braces a few years ago just to make a quick buck. Long story short I lost all teeth on the left side of my mouth. Top and bottom.

  9. Number 1

    PENIS POOP

    The last thing you would want to come out of your penis is your poop but that might be what you get

  10. OMG number 9 iv been to that hospital 🏥 😷 😲😲😲 thank God iv still got my 4 skin 😉😂😂😂

  11. Ok number one is going to give me nightmares I'd rather loose a limb than number one and no I'm not kidding.

  12. scary fact of the day did u know most doctors of the surguries make fun of u or worse do u wrong while your asleep during surgery

    hehe

    I'm giggling because um tge only one who has ever made a surgeon suffer for what he tried to do to me hahaha dont worry im ok

    but the surgeon I punished is spending time with the devil

    hahhaahahahahahahahahahah I'm the wrongest BITCH TO MESS WITH

  13. I am deathly allergic to penicillin and one time a doctor prescribed me amoxicillin as a kid. Had my mother not read the name on the bottle before giving the medicine to me, I likely would have died. Needless to say, the doctor and pharmacy both got an earful because they BOTH had my penicillin allergy on record and somehow still filled the prescription!

  14. How about having a cancerous testicle removed – but they removed the good one! http://www.nbcnews .com/id/17964480/ns/health-mens_health/t/veteran-has-wrong-testicle-removed-files-claim/

  15. Bruh 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 I don't even know what the heckin poops!

  16. no way money compensation would be enough for such stupidity and they have the nerve to charge premium

  17. A lot of these happen because surgeons generally have a huge ego. It would be a simple matter to check a patients charts before beginning the operation. But of course, the surgeon "knows what they're doing" And therefore don't bother checking the chart, or bothering with routine things like sponge and instrument counts.

  18. It’s my birthday today I’m spending it alone ,young people are lonely too! give me a thumbs up so I know people still exist,please ❤️

  19. +Alltime 10s
    Colostomies are not creating a "hole in the stomach" as you suggested. It is a hole through the abdomen through to an area of the large intestine that is above or preceding the problematic/diseased area. A hole in the stomach would mean that food and drink would immediately fill the bag, and would probably break down very quickly as a result of the stomachs acidic contents also flowing out freely. A bit disappointing considering you're the one's tell us about the horrible medical mix-ups don't y' think?

  20. In Delaware, that hospital is known as "Killer Kent" for a reason. Never thought I'd see it here, let alone number 1 lol

  21. LOL. I lived in Tampa when this happened and worked in healthcare. Needless to say this was a huge discussion in the hospital communities.. For some perspective the doctor did not cut off a perfectly healthy leg. Both legs were so bad that it was an easy mistake. Still shouldn't have happened.

  22. All of these are absolutely horrible! But I’d be SO damn pissed/livid if my surgeon amputated the wrong limb!!
    🤬🤬

  23. Number one was bad but I wouldn't like to wake up with skin missing from where that poo came from either. Both were horrible

  24. Hello saudações 🇧🇷 belíssimo seu canal 🌷 obrigada por compartilhar lindos vídeos 👍 uma abençoada quarta-feira 🙏 beijos com carinho 😘

  25. CVS put my label over someone else's before on a prescription. My script was for something different and what they gave me was something I was allergic to. Thank God I caught it before I took it. I'm still not sure how one puts a label over another label.

  26. The last one had to be the worst OMG urinating poop …. Could you imagine the surgery to fix it plus the infections that come from fecal matter like ecoli that's a bacteria really hard to get rid of omg some doctors are all about money though … Doctors have gotten to a point where most of them barely have to touch patients they stay in the room with you for 10 minutes or so hardly listening to you and then leave sending you a enormous bill to pay tbh nurses do all the work for half the money

  27. I don’t think number 1 was the worst tbh since the doctors could fix it. The wrong leg amputations or the unnecessary jaw surgery were way worse.

  28. The direct consequence was that the patient began discharging liquified fecal matter through his penis,or in his terms, HE PEEP POOP!

  29. I had a routine surgery on my ears, its done all the time on kids but the doctor messed up.. really bad. The doctor pierced BOTH my ear drums resulting in the pain being so great that i woke up in the middle of surgery, they put me back under and finished it off. When i woke up in the recovery ward i was fully deaf with blood coming out of my ears. My hearing mostly returned but now, ten years on, the scar tissue left after his mess up is slowly making me go deaf, the doctors have no idea if its treatable, I have an appointment to talk to the surgeons in a month and i am more than terrified to go back under. And im in new zealand where suing isnt common so my surgery bills are covered, but nothing else. Yaay.

  30. I love the lil limb wiping effect in between each case lol too cute.. but such a crazyyyy vid I can’t believe all these things really happened! And screw the politics and hierarchy, if you see the doctor cutting on the wrong side or attempting to cut off the wrong limb, PLEASE for the love of God SPEAK UP!!! Lol sheesh.. 😩✌🏻

  31. My first ever surgery I was prescribed a painkiller that was doced fore some of the weight of 150lbs I at the time only was a weight of 94lbs. I became vary sick and could not sit up without passing out. When I went to get my sticker removed by the doctor he yelled at us for not knowing it's wrong. He then said it was the nurses falt even though he in his hand wrighting ordered that dose. I was also street after that knee surgery was told to stand and walk outside alone not fully awake underage and my mother not around not knowing. I started walking into the street in the rain. If all of this was not bad enough the doctor did the opeset of what I needed done to my knee. I needed my knee titened for it always dislocated when I walked. He loosened it to now my kneecap could travel. I was not granted a new surgery till 2013 3 years later.

  32. Of course none of the assholes responsible for these fuck ups were ever punished.

    Of course the hospitals told the victims there was nothing they could do and the that the victims were completely fucked.

  33. We know people make mistakes, but these people are supposed to be highly trained medical professionals. Sometimes your life is literally in their hands, but they can't be bothered to recheck the paperwork? Most importantly, these "professionals" don't know the difference between left and right? Bruh….

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