A woman who had her stomach erroneously removed after being misdiagnosed with cancer has won her hospital misdiagnosis negligence negligence claim and received an undisclosed settlement from Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust.
The 74-year-old female from Rugeley, Staffordshire, underwent the surgery in 2004 after doctors informed her that a tumour in her stomach was malignant. She later found out that her test results had been misinterpreted and that the tumour was benign.
Due to her operation and long recovery period the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has lost a significant amount of weight and suffers from painful digestive problems. She has been unable to continue the volunteer work she did prior to the operation and now needs regular care and assistance.
The undisclosed out-of-court hospital misdiagnosis negligence claim settlement has been calculated to include the psychological trauma of being told that she had a life-threatening tumour inside of her and the decrease in her quality of life due to the unnecessary surgery. It will enable the woman to receive an improved level of care in the future and support to help her recover from her emotional ordeal.