My lovely horse died af­ter vets botched rou­tine op. It’s been a night­mare

Owner sent £1k bill de­spite death of her beloved pet

Sunday Mail (UK) - - John Niven - Julie-Anne Barnes

A griev­ing horse owner has been handed a £1000 vet bill de­spite an an­i­mal hos­pi­tal ad­mit­ting they left a sur­gi­cal de­vice in­side her beloved pet.

Heart­bro­ken Morag Walker’s an­guish turned to anger af­ter the blun­der emerged fol­low­ing a rou­tine op­er­a­tion on her horse Mar­cus.

She is de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion af­ter Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity ad­mit­ted the er­ror fol­low­ing a post-mortem.

Morag said: “The whole sit­u­a­tion has been a night­mare. Mar­cus only went in for an op­er­a­tion for colic but we never got him back.

“He was start­ing to re­cover but, af­ter three days, his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated so much, we had to make a heart­break­ing de­ci­sion to put him to sleep.”

The horse, a 14-year-old cob, had his op­er­a­tion at the Weipers Cen­tre Equine Hos­pi­tal, which is part of Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity. But he died a few daysy later. Al­though the hos­pi­tal claim the in­stru­ment is un­likely to have caused Mar c u s ’ s death , Morag bel ieves it could have.

She said: “I can’t prove e the for­ceps s caused any y prob­lems but, t, as far as I’m m con­cerned, it could have. Just ust the thought ht that some­one ne cou ld leave ve these in­sidee is dis­gust­ing. I don’t think they should get away with mak­ing this kind of mis­take.. “If this was a hu­man, there would be an out­cry. To think these for­ceps could have been the cause of him not re­cov­er­ing is hor­ren­dous.” Morag, of Kil­marnock, was in­formed about the er­ror in a let­ter from Lance Voute, a se­nior clin­i­cian at the hos­pi­tal. He said it wasn’t pos­si­ble to know when the for­ceps en­tered the ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity. Morag, who bought Mar­cus two years ago, had in­sur­ance for £4000 but the bill came to about £5200. She is still be­ing pur­sued for the out­stand­ing pay­ment. Morag, 60, tried to make a claim against the hos­pi­tal but was told there was no ev­i­dence the for­ceps had caused any com­pli­ca­tions. She said the hos­pi­tal did not pro­duce a pathol­ogy re­port af­ter the in­ci­dent in May. Morag added: “We con­tacted their in­sur­ance in­sur­anc providers, who will­wil not help as we can’can’t prove the in­stru­ment in­strum caused the dead­eath. “But,But with­out a pathol­o­gy­pathol re­port, there is no way that wew can.” Gl as­gow Univer­si­tyUnive said: “We re­gret the cir­cum­stances circu of thisth in­ci­dent and tthe dis­tress caused.caus We have re­viewe­drevi our equinee­qui op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure­sproc to ens ure all in­stru­mentsinst are ac­countedacc for. “We ad­vised MrsMr Wal ker thattha the mat­ter wouldwo be dealt withwi by our in­sur­ers.” in

FU­RI­OUS Morag wants com­pen­sa­tion Pic­ture Jamie Wil­liamson

HAP­PIER TIMES Morag with Mar­cus

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