Jose Arroyo and Marie Arroyo v. University of Connecticut Health Center/John Dempsey Hospital and State of Connecticut: A man who went in for a routine vasectomy but instead ended up losing a testicle has been awarded more than $386,000 by a Hartford judge after suing the state and the University of Connecticut Health Center.

On April 1, 2013 Jose Arroyo went to the UConn Health Center in Farmington for a vasectomy, which was performed by Dr. Peter Albertsen, a urologist. Normally during such as procedure, the male vas deferens (which are ducts that carry sperm) are severed and then tied in a manner so as to prevent sperm from entering into the seminal stream. But during Arroyo’s procedure, after Albertsen successfully snipped the vas deferens to the right testicle, he apparently mistook a vein in the left testicle for the vas deferens. This vein turned out to be the testicular artery for the left testicle.

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