A Nigerian-born doctor in the United Kingdom, Dr. Haruna Lawal has been struck off and banned from practicing after a number of clumsy errors.
The most recent was the removal of a woman’s ovary and fallopian tube during an appendectomy, saying they were similar ‘worm-like structures’ in the same area.
The incidents occurred at at a hospital under the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, where Dr. Lawal worked between 2013 and 2015.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found him guilty of misconduct, and banned him for life.
A report read: “Dr Haruna was mistaken in his identification of the appendix and removed the ovary and tube in error.
“This is a serious omission and a breach of duty of care.
“To have mistaken a fat pad for the appendix and to have failed to deal adequately with the pathology suggests a standard of care which is seriously below that expected of a reasonably competent Staff Grade in General Surgery.”
Chairman Clare Sharp told Haruna his treatment of one patient was “reckless”.
He added: “You were asked to put yourself into your patients’ shoes and to consider how your actions made them feel.
“Whilst you have apologised to the patients in question, you showed a lack of empathy for them, as well as for the serious consequences of your failings.
“The Tribunal did not believe that your misconduct was deliberate but it concluded that there was a continuing risk to patients.”
In his defense, Haruna blamed the incident on his poor eyesight.
He added: “I want to apologise to all the patients. I didn’t experience operative difficulties, in removing whatever I removed. Everything had gone along fine and it was not difficult to remove.
“It was only later I realised it was not the appropriate part. The operation itself, the technicality, was fine but the wrong specimen was removed.
“I have performed hundreds of appendectomies. This was due to lapse of judgement.”