In 2013, 54-year-old Steven Hanes from Mount Union, Pennsylvania, went into surgery, hoping to have one of his testicles removed. Hanes had been experiencing chronic pain in his right testicle, and medical tests showed that his right testicle was almost half the size of the left one. However, that's when things had taken an unexpected turn, as Long had operated on the wrong testicle, removing the healthy left testicle instead of the one on the right side that Hanes was complaining about. The jury awarded the man $620,000 in compensatory along with $250,000 in punitive damages.
The jury of 11 women and one man found Long was "recklessly indifferent" after the two-and-a-half day civil trial finished Wednesday.
In a 2011 report, the nonprofit Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare recommended several ways to prevent wrong site surgery, from marking the incision sites with something consistent (like the surgeon's initials) before the operation to reducing noise and other possible distractions in the operating room.
According to Hanes, the operation was a due to reckless behavior, as Dr. "Long. He wanted to relieve the pain", said Hanes' lawyer, Braden Lepisto.
Steven Hanes was awarded $870,000 in damages after a doctor removed the wrong testicle, PennLive reports. Hanes said that Long was reckless because he did not properly identify the testicle that was meant to be removed.
He added that his law firm is working on another malpractice case concerning a patient who died under Long's care.
Haines' lawyer said that he remains in pain and has a "debilitating fear" of once again going under the knife to remedy his problem, according to local Pennsylvania local media, Penn Live. The attorney says Haines will need testosterone treatment for the rest of his life if he loses the remaining testicle.