Clinic sued for 1.2 bln over kidney mix-up

A kidney patient has sued a private Athens clinic, seeking 1.2 billion drachmas in compensation after an operation which was supposed to remove a growth in his right kidney allegedly resulted in the other, healthy organ being taken out. Building contractor Efstratios Reppas, 56, from Iraklion, Crete, said in his suit that, as a result of the operation 11 months ago he is now bedridden, unable to work and support his family nor engage in social intercourse. In November 2000, Reppas was diagnosed in Crete with a kidney growth. He immediately went to Athens and was operated on by urologist Ioannis Koyias at the Apollonio Hospital which is owned by the Athens Medical Center. A kidney was removed. But subsequent tests showed that the growth was still there, and the other healthy kidney missing. A second operation removed the growth. On Wednesday, Denktash repeated his insistence that talks could only resume if he was recognized as the equal of Greek-Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides, who is president of the internationally recognized government of Cyprus.

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