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HealthMost Popular“The Problems I Have Faced Following The Surgery Have Completely Destroyed My Life” – Woman Left In Constant Pain Receives Huge Payout After Blundering Surgeons Tear Blood Vessel

“The Problems I Have Faced Following The Surgery Have Completely Destroyed My Life” – Woman Left In Constant Pain Receives Huge Payout After Blundering Surgeons Tear Blood Vessel

A hospital patient who has been left in constant pain after having botched keyhole surgery will receive six-figure payouts every year for the rest of her life.

Mandy Owen, 54, is now fed nutrients directly into her bloodstream instead of eating following the bungled operation.

She was known to have a complex medical history as a result of a number of gynaecological operations performed through her life.

In May 2015 Ms Owen, who does not work and has no children, underwent surgery for the removal of a kidney and her ureter at University Hospital Birmingham.

Ms Owen, of Bartley Green, Birmingham, went under the knife but during the op surgeons accidentally tore a blood vessel which effected the blood supply to her small bowel, pancreas and spleen.

After more operations she was eventually discharged five months later in September 2015 but has been left in constant agony since.

She continues to require intravenous feeding and she says she has also been psychologically scarred by the trauma she has endured.

Her life expectancy has also been drastically reduced as a result of the bungled op.

Ms Owen instructed medical negligence lawyers Irwin Mitchell to investigate her care by University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust Foundation.

The NHS admitted liability and agreed to pay her a six-figure lump sum along with annual six-figure payments for the rest of her life.

Her solicitor Jade Elliott-Archer said: “Mandy has faced an incredibly difficult few years as a result of the complications she endured and it is likely that her pain and suffering will now continue for the rest of her shortened life.

“The admission of liability and settlement means that Mandy can access the vital support she requires to get the best from life.

“While nothing can make up for what has happened, it is imperative that the Trust learns lessons from the failings identified in Mandy’s care so other patients don’t have to suffer the pain and hurt she has.”

Ms Owen was admitted to hospital on May 18, 2015.

When her condition deteriorated after the initial operation, she went back to theatre and a tear was found in a blood vessel linked to her small intestine.

During the surgery, it was also noted that her bowel appeared ‘dusky’.

Following the procedure she was taken to intensive care but her condition continued to worsen.

A CT scan highlighted that a vein and artery were blocked, while her small bowel was swollen and there were signs of an obstruction of blood to her spleen and pancreas.

She then required two further procedures and during the post-operative period needed fluid draining from her abdomen.

Since the op, Ms Owen has been constantly unwell and because she has no small bowel she requires a tube to drain the contents of her stomach into a bag.

In addition, she also has an abdominal fistula which leaks fluid into another bag.

She said: “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and I am now in significant pain every single day.

“Not only do I still require intravenous feeding but I’ve had a host of other complications including infections related to the intravenous tube and other abdominal issues which have resulted in repeated admissions to hospital.

“The problems I have faced following the surgery have completely destroyed my life.

“I am in a state of constant agony, I am unable to work, I require so much help from family and friends and this is also expected to affect my life expectancy.

“While nothing will change what has happened to me, I just hope that by speaking out, that the same mistakes that happened to me are not repeated. I wouldn’t wish what has happened to me on anyone.”

A spokesperson for the University of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Trust takes responsibility for all of its patients very seriously and we are sorry that Ms Owen did not receive the care she should have done on this occasion.

“The Trust and its clinical teams have reflected on these events and, following a meeting with Ms Owen and her legal team in June, agreed to pay her compensation.

“We wish Ms Owen all the best for the future”



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