During surgery for a bladder prolapse, a stitch was mistakenly placed through Mrs Peacock’s rectum. She subsequently developed peritonitis and had to undergo emergency surgery to perform a colostomy. Several months later during the operation to reverse the colostomy, the blood supply to Mrs Peacock’s legs was compromised because of accidental damage to a major artery and as a result of this she eventually had to have her left leg amputated below the knee and had four toes amputated from her right foot. She was seriously disabled and confined to a wheelchair.
We pursued a claim for Mrs Peacock for the injuries she had suffered as a result of negligence during the original surgery to repair the prolapse and in the subsequent operation to reverse the colostomy. The hospital eventually admitted liability and agreed to pay compensation.Posted in General surgery