A Dannevirke man has lodged a complaint with MidCentral Health after they allegedly failed to diagnose his gallstones, instead telling him the severe stomach pain he was experiencing may have had something to do with a “past hysterectomy”.

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus but Les Kennington, 39, is a man, and has fathered three children.

“What worries me the most is 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 said it all started about five years ago when he began experiencing excruciating pain in his stomach, which often left him unable to move.

“It got so bad one night my wife said `Right … we’re going to the doctors’.”

Read more at New Zealand’s Manawatu Standard.

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