Woman with Fear of Medical Instruments Recovers Compensation for a Surgical Misunderstanding

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 by Editor

A woman with a phobia of medical instruments, who had metal clips inserted during a thyroidectomy, has recovered compensation for a surgical misunderstanding.

For all of her life,sixty-six year old Sylvia Ramsay has suffered from a phobia of medical instruments. In 2010, she underwent a thyroidectomy only after assurances that consultant surgeon Dr Akineye Ojo would use dissolvable stitches during the procedure rather than the metal clips that are usually inserted.

After the surgery, as far as Sylvia was aware, Dr Ojo had consented to her wishes. However, one year later – after an x-ray had been taken of Sylvia´s throat to investigate a complaint of breathing difficulties – she was alarmed to discover that the consultant surgeon had ignored her fears and left twenty-five of the metal clips inside her.

The discovery of the metal clips inside her had a devastating psychological effect. Such was the degree of Sylvia´s inability to cope that her GP almost sectioned her under the Mental Health Act. Sylvia had months of therapy to help her come to terms with the fact that she had medical instruments inside of her and to prepare for further surgery to have the metal clips removed in 2013.

After the removal of the clips, Sylvia complained that Dr Ojo had been negligent in her treatment. The consultant surgeon denied negligence and argued that the insertion of the metal clips was due to a misunderstanding. Sylvia subsequently sought legal advice and subsequently claimed compensation for a surgical misunderstanding.

Sylvia´s solicitors pursued the claim for compensation for a surgical misunderstanding and eventually Dr Ojo eventually agreed to an undisclosed out-of-court settlement of the claim without an admission of liability. Although undisclosed, the settlement is believed to be in five figures.

Speaking about the settlement of compensation for a surgical misunderstanding, Sylvia told a reporter from her local newspaper: “I know this is not a rational reaction but it is not something I can control. It´s like putting an arachnophobe into a room full of spiders and telling them not to be so silly.”


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