Iran - Pathological examination showed the kidney was healthy.
Doctors in Iran mistakable removed the kidney of a senior cleric Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi during a surgery for removing a gland.
"They had to remove the gland and the medical team had to make a decision quickly, and they removed his kidney by mistake. After the surgery, pathological exams showed the kidney was healthy and they could have simply just removed the gland," Mohammad-Reza Bahonar, a member of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council told Qanun newspaper.
Shahroudi, who is the chairman of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council, had to travel to Germany for treatment following a dispute between doctors in Iran. He left Germany on January 11.
Bahonar said illness is what took Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei a while to appoint Shahroudi as head of the Expediency Discernment Council.