A female, who developed a hernia in her bowel after medical staff botched a gastric band operation, has agreed a compensation settlement for gastric surgery mistake against the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust.
Rachel Benefer (28) from Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire underwent the stomach surgery procedure in 2007 after she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and her weight had gone up to over 19 stone (120Kg).
Doctors at the Classic Hospital in Hull were at first of the belief that the operation had gone off perfectly, but the failure to close an surgical incision in her stomach led to a hernia developing which caused a blockage Rachel´s small bowel.
Ms Benefer developed an abdominal wall inflammation and acute peritonitis due to the hernia and fell into a coma. She had to spend more than a month in hospital, including eleven days on a ventilator, and had to undergo a tracheotomy operation along with this.
Rachel sought legal advice once she had recovered and sought a compensation settlement for gastric surgery mistake against the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust – claiming compensation for the extra surgery she had to have to repair the hernia she suffered, the ugly scars she now has on her abdomen and the depression she went through as a direct result of her trauma.
Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust conducted an internal examination and inquest into Rachel´s botched gastric band operation and, before her compensation settlement for gastric surgery mistake was settled out of court for £35,000.
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