Case study: drainage tube left in breast - £2,000
Scar tissue ignored
Debbie (22) had always been unhappy with her breast size so she saved up for a private breast enlargement. All went well with the operation and the following day the drains were removed and she was discharged. A couple of weeks later Debbie noticed a small lump on the scar tissue below the right breast. This was at first thought to be fatty tissue and she was advised to massage it, but this proved very painful.
Drainage tube found
As nothing changed over the next few weeks Debbie was readmitted for exploratory surgery of the lump six weeks after the initial operation. During surgery a seven inch piece of plastic drainage tube was removed from the breast. It was presumed that the drain had fractured and only a portion of it had been removed by the nurse who apparently did not query why one drain was much shorter than the other.
Debbie has been left with a visible and unsightly scar below the right breast which has caused her distress and body confidence issues.
The medical law experts at Hospital Negligence took on her case and secured an admission from the hospital that they breached their duty of care. They agreed to pay Debbie £2,000 in compensation for her suffering.
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