I have previously blogged about my client, Mrs Pitt, who had a 'cleavage sparing' mastectomy performed by surgeon Mr Patterson. Mr Patterson intentionally left some breast tissue behind for a better cosmetic appearance, leaving patients at a greater risk of the cancer returning.
Mrs Pitt has had further surgery removing all of the breast tissue and fortunately she has been given the all clear. Mrs Pitt's story has been covered by the Coventry Telegraph.
I think it is really important that publicity is maximised with this case as it may help save lives; after all it was an article in the Birmingham post that first alerted Mrs Pitt of the problem. Her original mastectomy was carried out in 2000; the hospital Trust did not recall patients from this far back and if it had not been for the article she may never have known that she was at risk.
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