Former doctor Harry Hill has shared the moment he nearly sent a patient to be accidentally castrated.
The 58-year-old comedian, who previously worked as a hospital medic, made a huge blunder with a patient who was in for a routine hernia operation. However, Harry told him to sign a consent form for a bilateral orchidectomy.
Thankfully the patient was able to keep hold of his genitals after he "unusually" read the entire contract. Reflecting on the incident, Harry said: "One patient, a Lebanese man, came to me for the repair of bilateral hernias – lumps in the groin.
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"I handed him a form to sign. He took out his reading glasses and started to scrutinise it. 'I'm sure it's all fine, Doctor,' he said, looking up. 'But just one thing. What is a bilateral orchidectomy?'"
Harry then explained that he would be removing his testicles. However, the patient was understandably suspicious and questioned him on why he would need that particular procedure done.
The father-of-three added: "Eh?' I said, snatching the consent form back off him. Sure enough, in addition to hernias, he was down to have his balls off. Good job he spotted it, really."
Although Harry went on to pursue his career in comedy, the star said his medical vocation came from his short-lived hobby of making explosions with a chemistry set. He said he was also encouraged into the field by his "thrilled" mum.
However, his science teachers were not so encouraging and thought he would have a better career in chiropody. In his memoirs, Fight!: Thirty Years Not Quite at the Top, Harry said: "My physics teacher had shaken his head and told my parents that there was ‘absolutely no chance’ of me getting a good enough grade to do medicine, and suggested I should consider chiropody instead."
"I was quite certain that I didn’t want to spend my days fiddling with other people’s feet!" He penned. Harry then went on to state that he pulled out the stops and got the grades and went on to become a doctor "out of spite" of what his teachers told him.
Despite this, Harry knew that a career in medicine wasn't for him. He went on to reflect on the times he would spend his lunch breaks writing comedy sketches.
But this also inspired the inspiration for his new memoir. The synopsis for his book Fight!: Thirty Years Not Quite at the Top reads: "From a childhood spent making smoke bombs, killing wasps and carving soap in 70s Kent, Harry Hill then found himself in charge of hundreds of sick people as a junior doctor.
"Out of his depth and terrified, he chucked it all in to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Battling his way through the 90s Comedy circuit he quickly rose to become a household name and one of the UK's most celebrated comics, almost making it to the top of the showbiz tree."
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