Wrong kidney removed from Minnesota hospital cancer patient
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, March 19, 2008
In what officials are calling a "tragic medical error," a surgical team removed the wrong kidney from a patient with kidney cancer at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN. Officials said the error occurred weeks before the surgery, when the kidney on the wrong side was identified on the patient's medical charts as cancerous. The patient, who was not identified, was left with the cancerous kidney when the healthy one was removed.