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  • You'll often hear inspiring headlines about one  in a million surgeries pulled off by talented  

  • surgeons and dedicated nurses, improving or  even saving the lives of patients. But for every  

  • dream come true, there's always a nightmare. We're  talking about the real hack-jobs - sawn-off limbs,  

  • tangled tubes, horrifying body cavity  souvenirs, and even one exceptional case:  

  • A surgery with a 300% mortality rate. If you're  eating, now is the time to stop, cause we're  

  • about to get nasty, weird, and gross. These are  some of history's most insane surgical mistakes.

  • While things are arguably much better nowmedical malpractice was horrifyingly common far  

  • more recently than you'd think. Harvard University  conducted a study into New York hospitals in 1991,  

  • finding that one in twenty-five patients were  victims of medical malpractice. But thankfully,  

  • even then, the cases we're talking about today  are exceptional, and exceptionally horrible,  

  • to boot. There's even a term for them  in medical lingo: “Never events”,  

  • meaning things that should never happenBut they do, and all too often, in fact.

  • First, let's talk about horrifying cases of  mistaken identity - when people are given  

  • surgeries intended for others due to egregious  clerical errors. Take 81-year-old Bimla Nayyar,  

  • for instance. She was supposed to receive  surgery for a jaw displacement in Oakwood  

  • Hospital, Michigan. However, she was about  to experience something a whole lot worse.  

  • Doctors at the hospital mixed up Nayyar's  CT scan with that of another patient  

  • and mistakenly assumed that she was  experiencing bleeding from the brain.

  • Nayyar was rushed into brain surgery immediatelysawing the right side of her skull open only to  

  • find...no bleeding. When the surgery was overNayyar needed to be kept on life support in a  

  • comatose state for sixty days. When her recovery  was deemed extremely improbable, the ventilator  

  • was turned off and Nayyar died. All because of  a damaged jaw and extreme medical negligence.  

  • Unsurprisingly, her family filedlawsuit and was awarded $21 million.

  • Back in 1995, Dr. Rolando R. Sanchez was a menace  to anyone who liked keeping their limbs. In the  

  • first of his two nightmare surgeries, Dr. Sanchez  was amputating a patient's leg. However, half way  

  • through the surgery he noticed that his nurse  had begun to cry. She tearfully told him that  

  • he was amputating the wrong leg, and Dr. Sanchez  was furious. He blamed pretty much everyone but  

  • himself - including his team - and even said  that he hadn't done anything wrong, because the  

  • leg he was cutting off was also diseased, and he  probably would have needed to do it later anyway.

  • Incidentally, nurses in Tampa, Floridahave figured out a method of preventing  

  • this kind of wrongful amputationWriting the wordNO!” on the arm  

  • or leg that isn't meant to be amputated. It's  very Florida, but hey, if it works, it works.

  • Dr. Sanchez would return to perform another feat  of epic medical malpractice before finally losing  

  • his medical license. Mildred Shuler needed some  infected tissue cut from her right foot in what  

  • should have been a very simple operation, but DrSanchez always liked to go above and beyond. He  

  • took the entire big toe on Mildred's right footinsisting it was necessary. The medical board  

  • insisted it was necessary that Dr. Sanchez no  longer be allowed to practice shortly thereafter.

  • In April 2015, 49-year-old Eduvigis Rodriguez  also found herself missing some pieces. After  

  • finding a lump in one of her breasts and going  to the hospital about it, she was misdiagnosed  

  • with breast cancer and had one of her breasts  removed in a hospital in Manhattan. However,  

  • analysis on the severed breasts instead discovered  that the lump had actually been a benign growth,  

  • and that the breast did not, in fact, need to  be removed. Though to play devil's advocate,  

  • it's generally better to be safe than  sorry when it comes to breast cancer.

  • Speaking ofsorry”, a hospital in Lebanon,  

  • Tennessee, needed to apologise profusely  to Nate Melton and his mother, Jennifer,  

  • after a pretty heinous mix up. Nate  Melton was literally one day old when he  

  • became the recipient of an unneeded frenectomyotherwise known as a “tongue clippingsurgery.  

  • This procedure cuts the tissue that connects the  tongue to the floor of the mouth. Nurses came to  

  • take Jennifer Melton's brand new baby away for  what she thought was a standard check up, only  

  • to find - to her horror - that the doctor was  performing surgery. As you've probably guessed  

  • already, he'd been mixed up with another patientJennifer got her lawyers involved shortly after.

  • During the 2010s, a doctor from Sheffield, UKproved to be a serial surgical bungler. In a  

  • more minor act of medical stupidity, he removed  a skin tag instead of a cyst. However, in a more  

  • severe example of malpractice, he botched  two different appendectomies. In the first,  

  • he simply removed some fat from a woman who needed  the surgery, leaving her in terrible pain until  

  • the second surgery could be performed. But even  that pales in comparison to a 2015 incident where,  

  • during an appendectomy, he removed a woman's ovary  and Fallopian tube during the surgery. He said,  

  • in his own defense, that the organs looked very  similar to an appendix due to his poor eyesight.

  • The UK Medical board could see a little clearer,  

  • and decided to permanently ban this negligent  doctor from treating patients again.  

  • We can all rest a little easier now knowing that  guy won't be handling a scalpel at work anymore.

  • But here's the thing: While we're all now  probably feeling a little paranoid about an  

  • incompetent doctor sawing off the wrong limb or  taking out one of our perfectly healthy organs,  

  • it's not always what these screwy surgeons take  that's the problem. Sometimes, the issue is  

  • what they accidentally leave behind. This may  seem like a rare incident, but it's actually  

  • upsettingly common. There are several thousand  instances of medical supplies being left behind  

  • in patients after surgery every yearand that's in the United States alone.  

  • Though with the cost of healthcare, you'd probably  want to get some freebies with your surgery.

  • The grand majority of the medical equipment left  inside patients is medical gauze and sponges,  

  • but in the minority of cases, actual surgical  tools are left behind. In one incredibly bizarre  

  • case, a man from the Czech Republic somehow hadfoot-long pipe left inside his body after surgery,  

  • which then needed to be removedmonth later in a subsequent surgery.

  • In another paranoia-inducing case, Air Force  Major Erika Parks had just given birth with  

  • the help of an emergency C-Section. Howeverunlike most people who've just given birth,  

  • her stomach continued to grow. She also became  severely ill, and began to experience abdominal  

  • pains. She was rushed into surgeryonly for doctors to find the culprit:  

  • A surgical sponge from the earlier C-Section  had become wrapped up in her intestines,  

  • swelling and becoming infected inside  her body. It took a six hour surgery  

  • to finally remove the sponge. It would have  been easier to just not leave it in there.

  • Even hearing about some of these cases can be  cringe-inducing. A man undergoing treatment for  

  • cancer in Wisconsin somehow had a 13 inch  surgical retractor left inside his body.  

  • A woman undergoing surgery for uterine cancer had  a small pair of surgical scissors left inside her  

  • body. A woman undergoing a hysterectomy  once somehow even had a whole surgical  

  • glove left inside her body in the aftermathMuch like Major Parks and the surgical sponge,  

  • these cases can be incredibly dangerous  as well as uncomfortable and painful,  

  • because foreign objects left inside the body  can massively increase risk of infection.

  • But if you think everything  you've heard before was bad,  

  • trust us, it can always get worseWhat comes after will make a stolen  

  • toe or a misplaced scalpel seem likepleasant medical experience by comparison.

  • We're warning you: This next one is probably the  most disgusting surgical mistake on this list.  

  • Put down that sandwich or you're really gonna  regret it. The story of a 31-year-old Chilean  

  • woman named Yasna Cortes Caceres hit headlines in  2018, after she signed up for a basic Fallopian  

  • tube-tying operation in Quilque Hospital, central  Chile. As a mother of four children already,  

  • Miss Caceres wanted to put her reproduction  on hold until further notice. However,  

  • the surgery was botched in a particularly  horrifying manner after two cuts in her large  

  • intestine caused a fistula to developAnd that's as unpleasant as it sounds:  

  • A fistula is an abnormal connection forming  between two hollow spaces in the body.

  • In this case, there was an unnatural overlap  between her intestines and her reproductive  

  • organs. This result is that Miss Caceres  was suddenly defecating through her vagina,  

  • a gross and embarrassing problem that also led to  her needing to buy over a hundred dollars worth of  

  • colostomy bags every single day. The employees  at Quilque Hospital did apologise profusely for  

  • their mistake here, and have been providing  subsequent surgeries in hopes of solving the  

  • problem. We don't actually have any details on  that, so we can only hope that Miss Caceres is  

  • satisfied with the results. Personallywe just wish we could forget about it.

  • And finally, the most insane surgical mistake of  all: The legendary surgery with a 300% mortality  

  • rate. How is such a thing even possible, you're  probably wondering? It definitely wasn't easy,  

  • but an exceptional mistake takes an exceptional  surgeon, and the 19th Century Scottish master of  

  • amputation, Robert Liston, was truly exceptionalYou see, in the early 1800s, anesthesia wasn't  

  • all that popular in surgery, so grisly procedures  like amputations were performed while the patient  

  • was still conscious. This is as horrible as it  sounds - there was lots of screaming and thrashing  

  • involved, and every surgery required a team of  strong assistants to hold the patient in place.

  • Given that undergoing this kind of surgery  was horrible, short surgeries began to equal  

  • successful surgeries, and Liston was famed  for being the fastest amputator in the UK.  

  • He even had the cocky catchphraseTime  me, gentlemenbefore he took to sawing.  

  • He could apparently even take  off a leg in two minutes,  

  • which - for using a hand saw on a screamingwriggling patient - is pretty damn impressive.  

  • But it was his legendary off-day that allows him  to endure in the history of surgical weirdness.

  • During this fateful surgery, Liston was doing  his thing, sawing like a madman to remove his  

  • patient's leg as quickly as possible. However, an  assistant got too close, and accidentally lost a  

  • few of his fingers to Liston's masterful  blade-work. Earlier in that same surgery,  

  • Liston accidentally cut into the clothes of an  elderly surgeon supervising the expert butchery.  

  • While Liston hadn't actually cut the old  surgeon, he was still covered in blood  

  • from the messy surgery, and assumed that  Liston had severed something important.  

  • The old man collapsed and died of a heart  attack on the spot. That's fatality number one.

  • Fatality number two was the death of the  assistant who'd lost some of his fingers.  

  • Apparently, the saw was less than clean, resulting  in the assistant later contracting gangrene  

  • and dying from his infected injuries. Oh, and as  the cherry on top of this excessively bloody cake,  

  • the patient didn't pull through  either. Three people dead,  

  • one surgery. Liston managed to pull off  the only surgery with a 300% mortality  

  • rate - an achievement he was probably less  proud of than his impressive cutting time.

  • So there you have it, some of history's bloodydisgusting, and downright insane surgical  

  • mistakes. In case you're thinking of putting off  your next doctor's appointment after this, don't  

  • sweat it, these cases are the exceptions rather  than the rule. But hey, if you do find yourself  

  • on the receiving end of a horrifying surgical  mistake, at least you might make the next video!

  • Now check outWhat if you  Wake Up During Surgery?”  

  • andCrazy Things a Doctor Removed from Inside  a Person's Bodyfor more surgical nightmares!

You'll often hear inspiring headlines about one  in a million surgeries pulled off by talented  

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Surgeons Remove the Wrong Limb (Insane Surgical Mistakes)

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