Terry Brazier, 70, has been awarded $24,000 compensation for been mistakenly circumcised in a hospital mix-up.
Terry had gone to Leicester Royal Infirmary for a bladder procedure known as a cystoscopy but was mistaken for another patient by hospital staff and instead he was circumcised. The hospital apologized and carried out an investigation, before confirming it had awarded Brazier a £20,000 ($24,300) payout.
Brazier told British newspaper, Daily Star, that he was so distracted talking to hospital staff that he didn’t notice he was getting the incorrect procedure until it was too late.
“They didn’t know what to say when they found out they’d done it, they said they can’t send me back to the ward and they needed to talk to me,” he told the newspaper.
Brazier added that finding out he had been circumcised was “a real surprise.” Andrew Furlong, medical director at University Hospitals of Leicester, said in a statement:
“We remain deeply and genuinely sorry that this mistake occurred, and I would like to take this opportunity to once again apologise to Mr Brazier.
We take events like this very seriously and carried out a thorough investigation at the time to ensure that we learnt from this incident and do all we can to avoid it happening again.
Whilst money can never undo what happened, we hope this payment provides some compensation”.