Case study: swab left inside body following caesarean section - £5,500
Mary (38) was unable to bond with her new baby son and was traumatised for several months after a surgeon left a surgical swab in her abdomen following a caesarean section. This is an NHS ‘never event’, an incident which as the name suggests should never be allowed to happen if the necessary preventative steps have been taken.
Mary’s case was taken on by Sophie Fox, one of the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence, who secured her an admission of negligence from the hospital trust and £5,500 in compensation.
Mary decided to opt for a caesarean section when she became pregnant with her son. She had a family history of traumatic births and wanted to make sure that this did not happen to her.
A missing swab ignored by the surgeon
The operation proceeded as normal and Mary gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Following delivery, in the post-surgical count, a nurse noted that a surgical swab was missing and clearly informed the surgeon. Theatre staff searched for the missing swab but it could not be found. Nursing staff thought the swab may have been left inside Mary and that it should be located prior to the completion of the procedure.
The surgeon insisted that he would not have left the swab in Mary and continued to close the surgical wound. The theatre staff told the surgeon they were unhappy with this action, but quite arrogantly, the surgeon insisted that he was going to close the patient anyway and then have her X-rayed at a later stage.
Further operation to remove the swab
Perhaps unsurprisingly the X-Ray revealed that the swab was indeed inside Mary’s abdomen and she was later given the distressing news that she would have to undergo a further operation to remove it. During this operation Mary’s blood pressure fell and she required a blood transfusion, leading to a prolonged stay in hospital and subsequent problems bonding with her baby.
After contacting the team at Hospital Negligence for advice, Mary’s case was taken on by specialist solicitor Sophie Fox. Sophie challenged the appalling actions of the surgeon and the hospital trust admitted he acted negligently and agreed to pay Mary £5,500 to help her to cope with her ordeal.
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