08 August 2013
Surgeon 'lied to patient' about brain tumour
A patient may launch legal action after a surgeon allegedly lied about removing a brain tumour from behind her skull.
Dr Emmanuel Labram is accused of telling a woman that he had successfully taken out the entirety of a dangerous growth when in fact he had only extracted a tiny sample for the purposes of a biopsy.
Despite being repeatedly reassured by Dr Labram that she was absolutely fine after the operation, the patient continued to have a number of complaints to do with her health, including experiencing double vision.
But a Medical Practitioners Tribunal heard yesterday that the tumour sufferer stopped believing what she was being told and sought private treatment from a third party practitioner. An MRI scan found she had a one inch growth in her brain and that it is now completely inoperable.
While the patient in question remains in good health, this could present a problem further down the line as surgeons look to control the spread of the tumour so it does not present a risk of death.
Dr Labram, 58, qualified as a doctor in Ghana in 1981 and even went through the trouble of writing letters to the woman's general practitioner (GP) assuring him that the growth was completely gone.
Craig Sephton QC, who is fighting the case on behalf of the General Medical Council (GMC), said: "He then lied and lied and lied in order to cover up his initial failure and the GMC will therefore invite you to conclude that is what has happened.
"He was given the opportunity to come clean about the lies he had told and elected to not do so."
If Dr Labram is proven to have committed these breaches, he will likely be struck off the medical register and this could allow the patient to launch a civil claim for the extensive damages the surgeon's alleged ineptitude caused.
The hearing, which is being held in Manchester, continues.
By Chris Stevenson