Man’s gut pain blamed on botched hysterectomy

Les Kennington, 39, is a father of three and insists he has never had a uterus.

"A few years ago I did have an operation to correct a hernia, but it's concerning they could not tell the difference between a hernia and a hysterectomy, nor could they tell the difference between a male and a female," Mr
Kennington told the Manawatu Standard newspaper in the North Island.

Mr Kennington had severe stomach pain over several years, until an ultrasound by a trainee sonographer showed up gallstones.

A supervisor dismissed it and ordered a CT scan in September this year.

A report from the scan showed Mr Kennington was clear of gallstones, "but there is evidence of surgical clips, and your hysterectomy is stable", it advised.

MidCentral Health Clinical Support Services clinical director Kevin Smidt said the report included inaccuracies caused by "human error".

The scan report had been amended, he said