A local man received good news and bad news Tuesday evening after having one of his three arms removed by robotic surgery at Bridgeport General. The good news was that the operation had been a success followed by the bad news that the wrong arm had been removed.
|Kenny Duet, signing papers for his procedure.|
Kenny Duet, 35 entered B.G. Tuesday morning for what was to be an out patient procedure. He was born with two left arms and always had hoped to get one of them removed when the technology advanced enough to allow it. Last month Bridgeport General notified Duet of their new robot surgeon, nicknamed Truman, who had been able to surgically remove the stomach out of a gnat.
Duet came in to meet the robot on Fathers Day and sign the paperwork for the robotic surgery to take place. The robot has been programmed not only to perform surgical procedures, but to also entertain children in the children's wing of the hospital. Duet quickly bonded with Truman after witnessing the robot juggle scalpels in front of the children.
No one knows for sure how or why Duet's right arm was mistakenly removed and until a diagnostic procedure can be completed, Truman has been banned from the surgical floor and delegated to the kitchen to slice onions.
Duet's attorney told OFF THE WALL news his client would probably sue once he found out if they could sue a robot.