Doctor leaves a baby blind after removing the wrong eye during surgery

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By The Daily Mail UK

A surgeon has been suspended and placed under investigation for leaving a baby blind after he removed the wrong eye during surgery.

The parents of Fernando Jonathan Valdez Ayala, from Mexico, have been left horrified after the incident and are now suing on the grounds of medical negligence.

Their son was having chemotherapy to treat a tumour in his left eye, but when Armando Cisneros Espinoza decided the treatment was not working he chose to operate to take the eye out – but instead removed the child’s fully functional right eye.

The mix-up happened at the Medical Unit of High Specialty Mexican Social Security Institute in Ciudad Obregon, in the northwest Mexican state of Sonora.

Fernando’s distressed mother Maria Marlene Ayala Quijano said: ‘Doctors started to treat him and decided that they were going to remove the left eye when it was not working, but they removed the right one.

The mix-up happened at the Medical Unit of High Specialty Mexican Social Security Institute in Ciudad Obregon, in the northwest Mexican state of Sonora.

Fernando’s distressed mother Maria Marlene Ayala Quijano said: ‘Doctors started to treat him and decided that they were going to remove the left eye when it was not working, but they removed the right one.

Javier Valenzuela, the couple’s lawyer, said they will be making a complaint to the National Commission of Human Rights and the Medical Arbitration Commission.

He claimed the child still has a tumour in his bad eye and his life continues to be in danger.

The boy’s father, Fernando Valdez Gastelum, has reported the incident to police and an internal investigation has been launched at the hospital.

The Mexican Social Security Institute said they had also started an investigation and director general Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya ordered a special team to go to Sonora to investigate.

The team is led by the coordinator of High Specialty Medical Units, Jaime Zaldivar Cervera, an ophthalmologist paediatrician and staff from the Office of Patient Rights.

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