A British paramedic suffered permanent brain damage after a surgeon removed part of his brain during an operation he did not even need.
John Tunney requires 24-hour care after the surgeon carrying out his biopsy removed healthy brain tissue instead of a tumor, the Coventry Telegraph reported Tuesday.
Afterwards, blood tests revealed that the operation, which took place at University Hospital in the central English city of Coventry in 2008, was unnecessary because the harmless tumor could have been controlled with drugs.
His wife Pamela Tunney said, "John's brain injury has had devastating effects on him. Prior to the surgery he was a very easy going person who was always active and on the go. To see the change in him and to know that it was all entirely avoidable is extremely upsetting."
She added, "It is appalling to think that the surgeon managed to botch the procedure completely -- and then to find that the biopsy wasn't even necessary makes me incredibly angry."
"The fact the surgeon managed to remove perfectly healthy tissue rather than a sample of the tumor tissue is, in itself, an appalling error," [Tunney's lawyer Timothy] Deeming said. "To then find the procedure was totally unnecessary because clinicians had failed to review a blood test, really does add insult to injury."