A woman who lost her child due to a medical error by staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been awarded £62,000 in hysterectomy negligence compensation for gynaecological errors in an out-of-court settlement.
The anonymous woman attended the Royal Cornwall Hospital in November 2007 for a hysterectomy procedure, during which it was found that she was fourteen weeks pregnant. The woman was not aware that she was pregnant but, once her cervix had been removed, the continuation of the pregnancy was not possible.
Following an investigation into the procedure it was discovered that the consultant gynaecologist – Dr Rob Jones – had found that the uterus was “abnormally large” but had proceeded with the procedure regardless. Dr Jones has since resigned and is currently being investigated by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists over the frequency of surgical complications during his operations.
After seeking legal counsel, the woman took0 a claim for hysterectomy negligence compensation against the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust stating that, had she been aware that she was pregnant, she would never have proceeded with the hysterectomy procedure. Despite the fact that she suffered no physical harm, it was agreed that the patient had undergone a significant emotional trauma and stress.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust accepted liability for an “inadvertent termination” and agreed that that the diagnosis of the pregnancy should have been made at the point when it was still viable to for the pregnancy to go on. After talking with the woman’s legal representative’s, a settlement of £62,000 in hysterectomy negligence compensation was agreed.