06 February 2013
Errors in gastric bypass operation lead to clinical negligence damages
Clinical negligence compensation has been awarded to a woman who had to spend two weeks in intensive care after errors were made while she underwent an operation.
Rachel Benefer needed two emergency operations because the professional overseeing her gastric bypass procedure at the Hull and East Riding Classic Hospital in 2007 failed to properly close the small incision made in her body for the keyhole surgery.
Initially, the operation on the 28-year-old was deemed to have been a success, but her stomach bypass broke down when the hernia that formed from the incision obstructed her small bowel.
Consequently, Ms Benefer developed a condition called acute peritonitis - which causes the lining of the abdomen wall to become inflamed - and therefore needed to go under the knife twice to repair the damage inflicted by the initial surgery.
She also had to have a tracheotomy and spent 11 days on a ventilator as part of her total five-week stay in hospital.
As such, Ms Benefer took legal action against the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and she has now reached an out-of-court settlement with the organisation after it admitted liability for her health problems.
Speaking to the Daily Mail after accepting her damages sum, the claimant explained that when she eventually came out of her induced coma, she could not walk.
"I was confused, I didn't know who anyone was and I was hallucinating. I kept asking my family what had happened and my memory is very patchy," she added.
Ms Benefer noted that she knew something was wrong a few days after her gastric bypass operation, as she started being sick and was in "agony".
Furthermore, she stated that the negligence of the staff at the hospital has had a lasting effect on her life, as she often falls over due to the fact she cannot move the big toe on her left foot.
"I have to use plastic plates because my hands seize up and I drop things, I'm even scared to be alone with my children," she added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas