At just 4 years old, an American child had a vasectomy by mistake. His parents of the child filed a complaint on June 7, 2022.
This 4-year-old boy could regret all his life the medical error he suffered at Texas Children’s Hospital. Originally, he had to be operated on inguinal hernia, a lump that is located in the groin, between the abdomen and the thigh. The latter occurswhen a portion of the intestine protrudes from its normal location, to get between the abdominal muscles“, noted health insurance website. Only then, during the surgery, the young American underwent an involuntary vasectomy – a sterilization technique authorized from the age of 18 – which could well lead to a permanent sterility.
According to information from FoxNews reported on Monday June 13, 2022, the lawyer for the family who is facing the health establishment in court, Me Randy Sorrells, explained that the surgeon would “accidentally cut the vas deferensone of the tubes that carries reproductive sperm”. The American press seized on the case, the numerous investigations reveal that it would be the first professional fault committed by this doctor.
A mistake that could affect the little boy for the rest of his life
If the 4-year-old boy now risks being sterile for life, it is because cutting the vas deferens prevents sperm from escaping from the testicles. During reproduction, they cannot join the egg. The parents of the 4-year-old boy filed a complaint on June 7, 2022 in Harris County Court (Texas).
“Advances in medical technology may allow the baby boy to have a child one day, but it could also affect him for the rest of his life“, pleaded the lawyer for the family of the little boy, and to add: “The biggest concern for the family is how this might affect their child physically, on their ability to have children in the future, but also emotionally”.
For reasons of confidentiality of the case, the hospital prosecuted has contented itself to date with responding in the American media: “Texas Children’s Hospital’s top priority is the health and well-being of our patients.”. But the parents of the young boy do not intend to stop there. According to the press, they would ask $500,000 in compensation for the damage suffered.