A 50-year-old man got some surprising news when he received a letter from a blundering hospital informing him he was pregnant – possibly with twins.
NHS staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital mistakenly sent a letter to Hilton Plettell telling him that he was two months pregnant and inviting him in for a scan.
Mr Plettell, who lives 162 miles away in Kings Heath, Birmingham, was also advised: 'Please also attend with a full bladder.'
The letter explained: 'An ultrasound scan is used to check pregnancy, to determine how far pregnant you are, and sometimes it can show twins.'
Mr Plettell had only once visited the hospital – 15 years ago for a kidney stones operation.
He said the letter was even addressed 'Mr Plettell' and had a stricker on it specifying that he was male.
Speaking in the Daily Mirror: 'It came as a bit of a shock to say the least. I had to read it through twice as I thought I must have read it wrong. I've shown the letter to quite a few friends and they can't believe it either.
'My partner asked me if it was a secret I had been keeping from her - everyone has had a good laugh about it.
'I knew the letter was genuine. The date of birth, the national insurance number and everything on there is correct.
'I'm just surprised they can send something like that.'
And since the unexpected news, Mr Plettell has become the butt of all his mates' jokes.
He added: 'The ribbing has been coming thick and fast. When I walk up to the door of my snooker club I get "Ooh mother and baby coming through."
'A few of my friends have told me to turn up at Norwich Hospital as a woman and wear a wig.'
His partner of five years, Debbie Brennan, 49, joked: 'It certainly isn't mine - I haven't a clue how it happened.
Emma McKay, senior nurse for women and children's services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said: 'We would like to thank Mr Plettell for bringing the letter to our attention and we have contacted him directly to apologise.
'We will also be taking the opportunity to look at how this obvious mistake occurred and improve our procedures.'
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