AUDREY HAD KEYHOLE SURGERY TO REMOVE ENDOMETRIOSIS BUT THE SURGEON MADE A MISTAKE IN CAUTERISING THE BLOOD VESSELS AND INJURED HER URETER.
Audrey had keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) to remove endometriosis. The surgeon made a mistake in cauterising the blood vessels (using heat to stop the bleeding) and injured her ureter. The tissue around the ureter broke down and became necrotic (i.e. died). She developed a rectovaginal fistula (a hole between the rectum and vagina). As a result she needed a permanent colostomy.
The colostomy was very disabling. It is unsightly and can be noisy and smelly. The stoma bag leaks from time to time. She found it awkward to attend social events and use buses, trains and planes. She tends to avoid socializing and rarely goes on holiday. She is married but avoids sex.
The claim was difficult and there was a risk that it would fail at trial. It was settled by negotiation and she recovered damages of £125,000.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals