Payout for needless cancer op patient09th December 2011
A woman who had her entire stomach removed after she was wrongly told that she had cancer has been awarded compensation.
The 74-year-old, who remains anonymous, underwent the procedure in December 2004 following a diagnosis blunder by staff at Cannock Chase and Stafford General Hospitals who had carried out a number of tests to determine her illness.
She was informed of the misdiagnosis after she had undergone the total gastrectomy and consequently sued the Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust.
She has received an undisclosed sum of damages for her ordeal but the Trust has refused to accept liability for the misinformation.
The mistake follows another incident involving the neighbouring University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, which paid out a sum of £400,000 in compensation to Annette McMullan after she too was misdiagnosed with cancer.
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