ERIC FOUND LIFE WITH A STOMA VERY DIFFICULT AND HIS WIFE PROVIDED HIM WITH A LOT OF HELP AT HOME . HOWEVER, SHE TOO BECAME ILL AND STRUGGLED TO SUPPORT HIM.
Eric had suffered from ulcerative colitis for many years. He eventually had surgery to remove his rectum and form an ileo-anal pouch (or ‘J pouch’). This is a two-stage operation. After stage one he needed a temporary ileostomy with stoma bag. However, the surgeon left a stump of rectum in place. This meant that the procedure could not be completed and he was left with a permanent ileostomy. He is also at risk of cancer in the remaining rectal stump and has to have checks each year.
He found life with a stoma very difficult. The stoma leaked frequently, it was noisy and sometimes smelly. He avoided going out of the house and became very depressed. He had always taken pride in his appearance, wearing smart clothes but was now only able to wear loose-fitting track suit bottoms.
His wife provided him with a lot of help at home in managing his stoma. However, she became ill herself and struggled to support him
This was a complex claim but he established a right to damages. He was able to recover an early part-payment (interim payment) of damages of £100,000. This enabled him to pay for care and support at home. The claim was eventually settled by negotiation and he received damages of £800,000.
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