Woman Settles Claim for Post-Hysterectomy Medical Negligence

A woman from Nottinghamshire has received an undisclosed settlement of compensation after having made a claim for post-hysterectomy medical negligence.

On 13th August 2012, Tina Grace (44) from Kirkby in Nottinghamshire attended the Kings Mill Hospital to undergo a hysterectomy. The procedure appeared to be successful and Tina was discharged five days later despite concerns by her parents that she was not well enough to care for her two children who were aged 13 and 2 at the time.

Three weeks after the operation, Tina started to feel breathless and experienced a burning sensation in her leg. Tina´s parents called an ambulance and Tina was readmitted to the Kings Mill Hospital, where she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. Unfortunately the blood clot in her leg had broken up, travelled up to her lungs and caused a pulmonary embolism.

Tina remained in hospital for eleven days, and then had to take the blood-thinning agent Warfarin for a further six months. During her recovery Tina sought legal advice and made a claim for post-hysterectomy medical negligence – alleging that she should have been provided with surgical stockings and anti-clotting medication on her discharge from the hysterectomy procedure.

In November 2012, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust acknowledged liability for Tina´s deep vein thrombosis and accepted that, on the balance of probabilities, the pulmonary embolism would have been avoided if Tina had been provided with surgical stockings and anti-clotting medication when she was discharged from Kings Mill Hospital in August.

After lengthy negotiations, a settlement of Tina´s claim for post-hysterectomy medical negligence was agreed with the NHS Trust. Speaking after the undisclosed settlement had been negotiated, Tina told her local newspaper she feared her two children would be left motherless due to the post-hysterectomy medical negligence. “I really felt like I could have died. I was terrified and it felt like every breath I took would be my last,” she said.