Appendix lawsuit: Surgeon forgets important step

Lawsuit alleges surgeon realized appendix wasn't removed, but ignored it.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   April 11, 2014 at 7:06 AM

BRONXVILLE, N.Y., April 11 (UPI) -- A Bronxville, N.Y., man had to have surgery twice to remove his appendix because his surgeon allegedly forgot to remove the organ the first time.

William McCormack, 43, wasn't too pleased when he had to return to the hospital a year after his appendectomy to learn his appendix was in fact never removed back in 2013, despite having surgery.

Suffering again from abdominal pains, McCormack went to a hospital in the Adirondacks, where surgeons discovered he still had his appendix.

McCormack is now suing Lawrence Hospital and the surgeon who was supposed to remove the appendix the first time. The lawsuit says the surgeon removed a "yellowish mass" from his abdomen, not his appendix.

McCormack's lawyer, Michael Kerin, alleges the doctor realized the mistake but ignored it.

He is seeking unspecified damages for the incident.

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