Man awarded six figure compensation sum following bodged operation (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Man awarded six figure compensation sum following bodged operation at Darlington hospital
A MAN left unable to work following a bodged operation by a surgeon at a private North-East hospital has received a six-figure sum in compensation.
The 46-year-old man, who does not want to be named, was admitted to Darlington’s Woodlands Hospital for routine gallbladder surgery in September 2007 - when the hospital was under different ownership.
The man's bile duct was severely damaged during the operation, leaving him in constant pain and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic fatigue.
He had to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the damage caused to his bile duct and later, had to have further corrective surgery when he subsequently developed a hernia.
It is said that his surgeon, Samuel Akobour Yaw Debrah, failed to follow well-established principles regarding the conduct of laparaoscopic gallbladder surgery.
It is thought that Mr Debrah may have damaged the duct with scissors or excessively used heated instruments in the surgical area.
Five years after the operation, the man is suffering from a second hernia but has been advised by doctors to avoid further surgery.
BMI-Healthcare – present owners of Woodlands Hospital – were not associated with the hospital in 2007, having taken over in 2009.
The action was taken against the surgeon and not the hospital and Mr Debrah’s insurers settled the man’s claim out of court.
The aftermath of the operation – which left the man unable to work full-time – has had a devastating impact on his life.
He said: “The last five years have been spent battling against worsening health problems. It’s totally disrupted my ability to live and work as I once did.
“After the first hernia was fixed, I tried to get back to work full time as a night manager at a superstore but I have had to cut back to working 18 hours a week because of the pain.
“I’m pleased that I’ve been able to settle my case but it won’t reverse the damage that’s been done to my life and my health.
“I put my trust in Mr Debrah and his professional abilities and was totally let down.”
It is not known whether Mr Debrah continues to operate in the region.
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