A Mexican surgeon has been suspended from work and is being investigated for removing a one-year-old child’s wrong eye during surgery.
The distraught parents of Fernando Jonathan Valdez Ayala, from Mexico, are suing the surgeon on the grounds of medical negligence.
The toddler was undergoing chemotherapy to treat a tumor in his left eye, however when Armando Cisneros Espinoza decided it was not working, he chose to take the eye out — but removed Fernando’s fully functional right eye instead.
1. One-year-old Fernando Jonathan Valdez Ayala (pictured) was left blind after his fully functional right eye was removed during a bungled surgery.
The bungled surgery took place at the Medical Unit of High Specialty Mexican Social Security Institute in Ciudad Obregon, in the northwest Mexican state of Sonora.
Maria Marlene Ayala Quijano, the infant’s mother, 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 doctor told us that he had removed the right eye because he had seen a tumor in that eye as well.
2. Fernando’s distraught parents, Maria Marlene Ayala Quijano and Fernando Valdez Gastelum (pictured together), are suing on the grounds of medical negligence.
The mother added:
But we cannot believe a tumor is going to suddenly appear in just a few hours in our son’s good eye, and the left eye, that was supposed to be removed, is still there.
The doctor said that he wanted to save his life and therefore he decided to remove the right eye.
They say that they will look at the eye to check that there was a tumor there, but we plan to get an independent test.
I feel impotence and anger because my baby does not have a working eye anymore, and nobody can put it back, it was his only healthy eye.
3. The infant cannot see with his remaining eye (photo: CEN).
The parents’ lawyer, Javier Valenzuela, intends to file a complaint with the National Commission of Human Rights and the Medical Arbitration Commission.
Valenzuela notes that the infant still has a tumor in his left eye and his life continues to be in danger.
Fernando Valdez Gastelum, the boy’s father, has already reported the incident to the police and an internal investigation is underway at the hospital.
The Mexican Social Security Institute has launched an investigation and director general Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya has ordered a special team to go to the hospital to investigate.
4. The incident occurred at the Medical Unit of High Specialty Mexican Social Security Institute (pictured) after doctors decided the child’s chemotherapy was not working.
For his part, Espinoza claims that he removed the right eye because he saw a tumor in it, however he has said nothing of leaving the left eye intact, which was known to have tumor before the surgery.
The infant’s parents believe that Espinoza is looking for a cover-up, as he still left an eye with a life-threatening tumor.
Tests are currently being conducted on the eye that was removed to determine whether it did have a tumor.
Espinoza has been suspended from all practice until the investigation is concluded.
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