A mother has settled her claim for surgical packing left inside her during the birth of her son at the Hull Women and Children´s Hospital in 2012.
Elise Cattle (27) gave birth to her son – Freddie – in August 2012, but for months afterwards she suffered from pain, bleeding and infections that prevented her from caring for her newborn child. Unable to change or bathe Freddie, Elise missed vital bonding time with her son while her parents took care of the tasks she was unable to do.
After five months of unresponsive treatment prescribed by her GP, Elise was referred to a specialist. The specialist discovered that surgical packing used to stem bleeding had been left inside her and, as soon as he removed it, Elise´s pains disappeared.
Elise sought legal advice and made a claim for surgical packing left inside her against the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust. The Trust conducted an investigation into the claim and acknowledged that a mistake in Elise´s care had been made. After a period of negotiation, the Trust agreed to pay Elise £7,500 compensation for the pain and suffering she had experienced.
Speaking with her local paper after the claim for surgical packing left inside had been resolved, Elise said: “When I got home from hospital, the pain just got worse and worse. I couldn’t sit down for days afterwards, and had to use a rubber ring to sit on. I was laid on the sofa while my mum and dad did everything. It really affected my bond with Freddie. I felt like I’d failed him.”
Elise´s solicitor added: “It is accepted by the NHS that these errors are being made simply because healthcare staff and providers are not following clear, simple guidelines.” However, Mike Wright – the Chief Nurse for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – told the newspaper that the hospital would learn from its mistake. “Never events are rare, but when mistakes do happen, we are committed to being open and honest about them” Mr Wright told reporters.