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A widow died on an operating table after a surgeon tried to remove the wrong organ, an inquest heard today.
Widow dies on operating table when surgeon tries to remove liver instead of her kidney
- Amy Francis underwent surgery for kidney cancer
- Trainee loses confidence during operation
- Liver ruptures causing death
- Hospital admits to error
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I received this same operation 05-Sep-2001, in the same theater, but then laparascopic surgery for a nephrectomy due to cancer was NOT often practiced and my operation was a full open operation sadly this increases the risks of infection and prolongues recovery but despite serious infection and a fully herniated wound the operation saved my life.
YES accidents happen in surgery as it is not an exact science – Obviously there was no intention to cause an infection nor intent to create a massive inoperable hernia – It is called an accident and I totally endorse the attitude of Mrs. Francis’s family, I also endorse the decision to protect the tranee surgeon from identification and clearly the responsibility, if not the action, was Adam Carter’s.
I have known Adam Carter since before he took over leading the team when Windsor Bowsher sadly died 11-May-2011. His actions in this issue have been entirely honourable as I would expect and I would be happy to have him operate on me, if I ever need further complex surgery.
Some weeks after my operation a friend of mine, who is a senior nurse at the same hospital, lost her father on that same operating table whilst having a nephrectomy due to cancer.
In his case the death was unrelated to his cancer or his kidney as he died of a massive heart attack at the very start of the operation and despite being in exactly the right pl;ace to help him survive the team were unable to revive him.
Yes accidents and tragedies happen and the risks are higher in hospitals but with a clear case of an accident that the hospital and medical team immediately keep the family or victim informed – unless there is clear negligence or similar – there is no moral ‘right’ to capitalise on the accident.
I am sure that Mrs. Francis would have been proud of her family’s response to her unfortunate ACCIDENT, just as I applaud Adam Carter’s courage in being totally transparent.
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