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Doctor Blames “poor vision” for Accidentally Removing Patient’s Ovary Instead of Appendix



Dr. Lawal Haruna

The UK Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has struck off a doctor Lawal Haruna for performing 3 botched operations that have been described as “Never events”.

In March 2015, Lawal mistakenly removed a patient’s Fallopian tube and ovary during an operation to remove her appendix.

The patient, identified as “Patient B” was not of child bearing age as at the time of the incident.

In 2013, Lawal mistakenly removed a pad of fat from a man identified as “Patient A”, who had acute appendicitis.

Patient A was in pain for a month after Lawal’s operation, and had to undergo a further operation to remove his appendix.

Lawal also removed a skin tag from a third patient who had been admitted with a cyst.

According to UK Telegraph, Lawal, who says he has 25 years’ experience, dismissed the incidents as “trifling errors” and said the appendix and Fallopian tubes were similar “worm-like structures which lie in a similar area.”

Lawal was working for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, which oversees six hospitals, during the time of the incidents – between 2013 and 2015.

The surgeon, who represented himself, told the Manchester hearing, that he had been suffering from “poor vision” at the time and claimed it would be “harsh” to strike him off.

“I want to apologise to all the patients. I didn’t experience operative difficulties, in removing whatever I removed. Everything had gone along fine and it was not difficult to remove. It was only later I realised it was not the appropriate part. The operation itself, the technicality, was fine but the wrong specimen was removed. I have performed hundreds of appendectomies. This was due to lapse of judgment,” he said.


  1. Rubby

    May 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    What in d world..may we never meet this type of doctor from hell…fallopian tubes for appendix and u say trifling errors,d guy should be jailed..

  2. Darius

    May 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Oga Sir, these are not “trifling errors” as you call them. You almost ruined the lives of your patients. You may have a wealth of experience but your poor eyesight is affecting your performance. Thank God your errors were rectifiable. Pls, fix your eyes before you destroy someone’e life.

    • Ottawa Queen

      May 15, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Hahaha it’s a funny story but pathetic too. My only question here is, should a surgeon with poor eyesight be allowed to perform surgeries? Don’t they consider that a risk? Obviously it is with these sorry cases. He should be stripped of that license pls for the sake of other innocent patients.

  3. californiabawlar

    May 14, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Haaaaaa! Somebody please help me close my mouth!

    Is this man of Nigerian/African descent?

    • FasholasLover

      May 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Hian. Oooo. With a name like that, he is most likely Nigerian. The question is, is the man a medical doctor?

      This UK is not all its touted to be at times. There are so many crazy doctors here too. The saving grace is that there are checks and balances.

  4. Missy J

    May 14, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I don’t get. Were there no assistants during the surgeries or they too had poor sights or they lacked knowledge in anatomy??

  5. Bowl

    May 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    @Missy, very good question. The mistake is as much as is the surgeon’s as is the assistant’s

  6. Corolla

    May 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Ah! Apayan doctor.

  7. Mimi

    May 14, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    This is a native doctor in white coat. What in the world did he think he was doing? *smh* . The world is full of mad people

    • Teller

      May 15, 2017 at 3:51 am

      That’s an insult to native doctors. Show some respect.

    • Mz_Danielz

      May 15, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Bro, if by native doctor you mean Dibia or Babalawo, they don’t make these kind of mistakes oh. The spirits and our ancestors guide them. They don’t need eyesights at all when they are the eye of the gods.

  8. Bowl

    May 14, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    @Corolla ,lol

  9. Moyo

    May 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    This isn’t funny at all, this man should be in jail. He knew he had bad eyesight and he still performed surgery. This is professional negligence, He is a criminal, look at the foolish eyeglasses he has on. He could have gotten contact lenses or gone for laser eye surgery.

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