Doc ‘blun­der’ gave me breasts I didn’t want

NHS sued over im­plants af­ter mas­tec­tomy

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MARTIN FRICKER

A WOMAN sued the NHS af­ter wak­ing from a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy to find sur­geons had given her per­ma­nent breast im­plants re­port­edly with­out her con­sent.

Donna Fine­gan-white, 44, de­cided to have the Oc­to­ber 2014 op be­cause of a fam­ily his­tory of breast can­cer.

The mother of two claimed she did not want per­ma­nent im­plants and said medics told her they would insert “tem­po­rary tis­sue ex­panders”.

But she ended up with breasts larger than she used to have and had to wait 16 months to have the im­plants re­moved.

Dur­ing the op she re­port­edly de­vel­oped a life-threat­en­ing blood clot.

She sued Great Western Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, which runs Swin­don’s Great Western Hospi­tal, and her case was set­tled out of court.

Donna, of Swin­don, Wilts, claimed: “I woke up with im­plants, which I had never signed for. I felt shocked and very up­set and frus­trated.

“I just feel to­tally let down and an­gry by the care I re­ceived. I suf­fered a great deal of pain and trauma.

“I hope my story re­minds hos­pi­tals of the im­por­tance of up­hold­ing pa­tient con­sent.”

The trust ad­mit­ted her case fell below “rea­son­able stan­dards”. But it said in a state­ment: “We were given con­sent by the pa­tient for im­plants in 2014. We did not act neg­li­gently and the case was set­tled in 2016.

“We have clear and ef­fec­tive con­sent pro­cesses. Based on this case we are fur­ther strength­en­ing our pro­cesses.”

BRAVE MOVE Donna had surgery over health fear SUIT Great Western Hospi­tal

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