As a result of mistakes made during a routine operation, a hospital is being sued.
Earlier this year, Lynn Main went into Horton General Hospital - which was established in 1872 and is run by the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust - for a hysterectomy.
However, surgeons accidentally stitched her bowel closed during the procedure.
They had used staples to repair the damage and had fitted a stoma to her abdomen.
Two days after the operation, Ms Main suffered from severe stomach pains and returned to hospital.
Doctors failed to diagnose the problem and the 55-year-old was simply told to eat more food.
Eventually, she suffered an internal rupture to her bowels and had to undergo additional surgery to correct the damage.
She and her partner, Alan Scott, are now taking legal action against the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, which has apologised for any distress and says it is investigating the case.
Paul Sankey, clinical negligence lawyer from Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "Mistakes like this should be avoidable with proper surgical care. They can be catastrophic but it is little consolation to Ms Main to know that the outcome could easily have been so much worse."