An Arlington man is suing doctors who he says removed the wrong kidney when he had surgery last year to fight cancer.
In the lawsuit, Glenn Hermes accuses his doctors of misreading a scan of his kidneys and then removing the wrong organ. He says the surgery has had a devastating effect on his health and his family.
Hermes is only 55, but he feels fatigued every day since the surgery last February.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed this week, Hermes’ urologist, Dr. Robert Stroud, sent him for a CT scan last year, which was read by Dr. David Fenyes of Radiology Associates of North Texas.
The diagnosis was that Hermes had cancer.
“He suggested removing the entire kidney,” said Hermes.
Stroud removed Hermes’ left kidney here at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. The hospital is not named in the lawsuit.
When tests came back on the tissue, the doctor told Hermes and his wife that the left kidney had no cancer.
“I was in shock,” said Hermes. “…Then he proceeded to say the kidney didn’t have cancer, and I thought, ‘Oh, what happened?’ and then that I still had cancer in the other kidney; that the wrong kidney was removed.”
Hermes says he was devastated.
“All these things are going through your mind. I'm a businessman,” he said. “I’ve got grandkids. I'm at the prime of my life and...just a lot of things going through my mind at that exact moment.”
Hermes’ wife, Bernadette, was also angry.
“I said, ‘How could this have happened?’” said Bernadette. “These things don't happen in the 21st century.”
A month later, Hermes got a second opinion. He had a second surgery to remove the cancer from his right kidney.
“I have three quarters of a kidney left,” said Hermes.
Hermes says he filed the lawsuit to help provide security for his family.
“I've got to be cancer free for five years to even be eligible for a transplant,” he said. “And that’s my greatest fear. My greatest fear is the future.”
Hermes doesn't know if the cancer will return or if his partial kidney will fail.
“This is my husband; the father of my kids,” said Bernadette. “He's a grandparent. I want him to be around a long time.”
The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages.
The doctors and their practices named in the lawsuit did not return FOX 4’s calls for comment at the time that this story was published.
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