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24-year-old mother receives £30,000 settlement after Hospital admits to negligible laparotomy surgery

20th March 2019

A 24-year-old mother has received a £30,000 settlement after a laparotomy resulted in a lifetime risk of an incisional hernia and bowel obstruction.

On 18th April 2017, Lauren Smith from Leicestershire was expected to undergo a routine laparoscopy at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation for suspected endometriosis and replacement coil.

However, intra-operatively Lauren sustained a vascular injury resulting in significant blood loss. She therefore required a blood transfusion, conversion to a laparotomy, mobilisation of the colon, aorta and iliac vessels and repair of the damaged artery.

Hannah Ashcroft, Medical Negligence Solicitor at Fletchers Solicitors who represented Lauren against the Defendant, found that it was upon insertion of the trocar during surgery that Lauren sustained an intra-abdominal vascular injury.

Whilst Lauren made a good recovery from her injuries, as a result of the laparotomy, she was placed at a lifetime risk of incisional hernia (10%), small bowel obstruction (10%) and faced a 3% risk of requiring surgery to relieve any such small bowel obstruction.

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust admitted there was a failure by the consultant to adequately supervise the senior trainee whilst the laparoscopy was being performed and that the laparoscopy was not performed with reasonable care and skill.

Hannah said: “I am delighted to have secured this settlement on behalf of Lauren and hope that she is now able to move forward with her life, enjoy her compensation monies and her newborn baby.”

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