Case Settled For Child Who Sustained Bowel Injury During Surgery

Case Settled For Child Who Sustained Bowel Injury During Surgery

Toby, aged seven years old, was admitted to hospital to undergo keyhole surgery to have his kidney removed after being born with a polycystic kidney.

Following the operation, Toby’s condition continued to worsen and he was left in a lot of pain and with a swollen stomach. He was taken back to surgery after his parents were told that he had been left with a hole in the bowel. His injuries were investigated further during open surgery and a colostomy was formed so that he could be fitted with a colostomy bag.

Toby missed nearly eight weeks of school and required a lot of care from his parents who had to change his colostomy bags. At a later date, he was readmitted to hospital for another operation where his colostomy was then closed. He has been left with a scar across his stomach due to the operations he has undergone.

Jennifer Emerson, Medical Law Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, conducted a clinical investigation and the hospital admitted that the surgery to remove Toby’s kidney had been performed negligently and as a result, the case was successfully settled in Toby’s favour.

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