Woman awarded five-figure sum after unnecessary operation
A five-figure sum has been awarded in compensation to a woman from Kirkham, Lancashire after she underwent a hysterectomy without giving the procedure her approval.
While Gillian Gordon arrived at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, on October 15th 2003 aware that she was to undergo a procedure to freeze and remove a section of her ovaries, she specifically requested that a hysterectomy be postponed until it had been confirmed that her ovaries were cancerous.
However, when she awoke she was informed that a hysterectomy had been performed regardless.
Although it transpired she had signed a consent form it was ruled that this occurred while she was still sedated, and was therefore in no fit condition to take a balanced view.
It is as a result of this that Hammersmith Hospital NHS Trust deemed Ms Gordon worthy of compensation.
"I knew that I may have to lose my ovaries and, of course, if the cells proved to be malignant I knew that I would have to consider a hysterectomy," Ms Gordon explained in the Lancashire Evening Post.
"The consultant and his team had made me aware of this but I saw it very much as a last resort - I wanted the cancer to be ruled out first.
As a result of the operation, Ms Gordon was forced to undergo life-saving surgery just twelve days later, and still suffers from its effects four years later.