Breast op blun­der gave me un­wanted im­plants

Daily Express - - FREDERICK FORSYTH -

“At this point, I felt shocked and very up­set and frus­trated as it was com­pletely un­ex­pected.”

Donna, from Swin­don, made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to have surgery af­ter her mother sur­vived breast can­cer at 50 and her aunt, also 50, died from the dis­ease.

She said the hos­pi­tal’s er­ror left her in se­vere pain and suf­fer­ing “a sig­nif­i­cant psy­cho­log­i­cal re­ac­tion”.

Donna had asked for “tem­po­rary ex­panders”, which stretch the skin and pec­toral mus­cle, to be im­planted, a spokesman for lawyers Ir­win Mitchell said. But in­stead she re­ceived per­ma­nent sub-pec­toral breast im­plants with­out her con­sent.

She was forced to wait 16 months for the un­wanted im­plants to be re­moved and had to un­dergo fur­ther surgery to re­move a life-threat­en­ing blood clot which de­vel­oped af­ter the sec­ond op­er­a­tion. “We put a great deal of trust in med­i­cal staff, re­ly­ing on them for ex­pert care,” she said. “I just feel to­tally let down and an­gry by the care I re­ceived. I suf­fered a great deal of pain and trauma for months be­cause of the im­plants that I never signed up for.

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

Great Western Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust de­nied act­ing neg­li­gently dur­ing Donna’s pro­ce­dure, but said the is­sue of whether she had con­sented fell below “rea­son­able stan­dards”.

Donna sued the trust fol­low­ing her cor­rec­tive surgery in Fe­bru­ary 2016, but the claim was set­tled out of court. Med­i­cal neg­li­gence lawyer James Pink said: “We call on the trust to en­sure it learns lessons from Donna’s case and re­alises the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing poli­cies and checks sur­round­ing pa­tient con­sent are up­held at all times.”

A spokes­woman for Great Western Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust said: “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 which out­line the risks that pa­tients may face dur­ing and af­ter any surgery, in­clud­ing the com­mon risk of blood clots. Based on this case, we are fur­ther strength­en­ing our con­sent pro­cesses.”

Donna Fine­ganWhite sued Great Western Hos­pi­tal, left, af­ter she was given per­ma­nent im­plants with­out her con­sent dur­ing surgery

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