Doc ‘blunder’ gave me breasts I didn’t want
NHS sued over implants after mastectomy
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