Surgeon sacked after giving man a vasectomy by mistake

A surgeon in Liverpool has been sacked after giving a man a vasectomy by mistake.

The unidentified man had gone to the Royal Liverpool Hospital for a minor operation but received a vasectomy instead earlier this year, the Liverpool Echo reported.

It was reported that the man had underwent another procedure to reverse the vasectomy but the Liverpool Echo has now revealed that the procedure has apparently failed.

This means that the man can no longer have children naturally.

While there is not known whether the man will try to seek for compensation from the hospital, a clinical negligence lawyer  was quoted as saying that he could be eligible for more than £100,000 in damages (S$208,000).

Unreserved apology

The hospital has "apologised unreservedly to the patient".

The blunder is just one of five operations which Broadgreen Hospital, part of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, had admitted to have botched in the last 12 months, reported the Liverpool Echo.

The only other botched procedure that was revealed was a  medical swab that was left inside a patient after a procedure.

"We are still in the process of investigating some of these incidents, including looking at how to improve the processes and systems in place and are taking appropriate action. We cannot comment on the outcomes of these investigations at this stage," said Dr Peter Williams, medical director at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

“Patient safety is always our priority and we use the lessons learnt from any incident to continually improve our standard of care," he added.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Federer wins 80th title, only Lendl and Connors are ahead of him

 Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after beating of David Ferrer of Spain 6-3,1-6,6-2 during the finals of the Western & Southern Open on August 17, 2014 at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati,Ohio
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after beating of David Ferrer of Spain 6-3,1-6,6-2 during the finals of the Western & Southern Open on Aug 17 at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati,Ohio

Roger Federer won his 80th career title with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over David Ferrer in the final of the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Sunday.

Federer, 33, becomes just the third player in the open era to reach 80 titles, joining Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).

The world number three from Switzerland claimed his sixth Cincinnati title, hammering six aces and winning an impressive 76 percent of his first serve points in the one hour, 42 minute match.

16-0 record against Ferrer

Federer nows owns a 16-0 record against the sixth-seeded Ferrer dating back to their first meeting in Vienna in 2003.

He has never lost a final at Cincinnati, also winning the tournament in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

He regularly uses this event as a tune-up for the last Grand Slam of the season, the US Open which begins Aug 25 in New York.

Ferrer, who was coming off a quarter-final appearance in Toronto, won just 41 percent of his second serve points and had his serve broken three times. - AFP 

Indon tour boat sinks: Survivors swim 6 hours, drink own urine before rescue

Survivors rescued after a tourist boat sank rest at a house near to the Indonesian town of Bima.
Survivors rescued after a tourist boat sank rest at a house near to the Indonesian town of Bima in West Nusa Tenggara.

After their boat from Lombok to Komodo island sank on Saturday, ten tourists swam six hours to the nearest land, an active volcanic island, to wait for help.

Fortunately, rescuers finally came on Sunday.

The Bali vessel went down on Saturday in the midst of a storm. Fifteen people, who comprised five Indonesians crew and 10 tourists whose nationalities are still unknown, are still missing. 

Among those who were rescued were Britons, Spaniards, Dutch, Germans, French and New Zealanders.


The survivors in a house in Bima, Nusa Tenggara. Photo: AFP

A French survivor, Bertrand Homassel, recalled six people being in the lifeboat, while others tried to cling on to safety by climbing onto the roof of the boat that had not completely sunk yet.

"We waited until midday on Saturday. We were five kilometres from the coast and there were many big waves separating us from the coast.

"People started to panic... Everyone took the decision to swim to the closest island, where there was an erupting volcano."

He said they then swam for six hours and arrived on the island, Sangeang Api, just after the sun had set. 

Spent the night at volcanic island

The survivors spent the night there and got by with drinking their own urine and eating leaves.

As a boat passed by, the survivors waved their life jackets to catch their attention. They were then taken to the nearby Indonesian town of Bima.

Homassel said: "I was really very lucky."

Search and rescue officials said that efforts were still ongoing to find the 15 missing people.

Source: Metro, AFP

Tags: bali, tourists and sink


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