A man underwent back surgery to remove a ruptured disc. For nearly 18 months after the operation, the man's pain continued and indeed got worse. With the initial surgeon telling him "it was all in his mind", the man became depressed and started questioning his own symptoms until he saw another doctor for a second opinion. A CT Scan revealed the herniated disc had not been removed in the surgery and a perfectly healthy disc (the wrong one) was removed. The surgeon had operated on the wrong space, thereby removing a healthy structure and never excising the ruptured disc. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney was able to settle the case for $150,000.