Case study: failed sterilisation leads to two unwanted pregnancies - £25,000
Ruth, 40, twice fell pregnant after doctors failed to carry out a sterilisation to an appropriate standard. The first pregnancy was not viable and had to be terminated and the second time Ruth also opted for a termination. This had a huge emotional impact on Ruth, which could have been avoided had the sterilisation been done properly.
Sophie Fox, one of Hospital Negligence’s specialist solicitors, secured Ruth £25,000 in compensation for her pain and suffering.
Pregnancy after sterilisation
Ruth and her partner had three children and felt their family was complete. When it came to light that a contraceptive coil she had had fitted had moved to the wrong position she agreed with doctors that this would be removed and she would have a sterilisation at the same time. After the procedure Ruth was informed that it had gone well.
However almost a year later much to Ruth’s shock she found out that she was pregnant. A scan revealed that the pregnancy was not viable and Ruth would have to have a termination.
Ruth was told that she could undergo a further sterilisation using a different technique and her name was added to the waiting list. When the time came for the procedure the consultant told Ruth that this time she would make sure it was done properly and would work.
During the procedure it emerged that during the original sterilisation one of the clips that was placed on the right fallopian tube had been placed incorrectly.
Another pregnancy and a termination
A few months later Ruth found out she was pregnant again, this time with a viable embryo. This was an extremely distressing situation as after discussions with her partner they came to the heart-breaking decision to have a termination. Ruth had found the previous termination extremely traumatic and did not want to go through another one however due to their circumstances the couple did not feel there was any other option.
Further sterilisation and pain
Ruth underwent the second sterilisation under a general anaesthetic and a few months later had both her fallopian tubes removed. Ruth took a long time to recover from having her tubes removed and relied heavily on her family for her care.
Although Ruth eventually made a full recovery her experience left her psychological scars. After the second termination she became depressed and she continues to struggle with the emotional aspect of her ordeal.
After contacting the team at Hospital Negligence for advice Ruth’s case was taken on by specialist solicitor Sophie Fox. Sophie was successful in securing Ruth £25,000 in compensation and apology from the hospital trust responsible.
We can help you claim if you have also suffered a failed sterilisation
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