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9 December 2009 / personal-injury-news
A group of women have won almost £700,000 compensation from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust after they all received botched breast surgery. Many of the women underwent the surgery following treatment for breast cancer. Consultant surgeon Puvaneswary Markandoo has been suspended after the women suffered injuries, pain and disfigurement as a result of their operations.
Anne Bassett from Barnsley was one of the women to receive compensation. She said that she had opted for surgery to ‘feel normal again’ after treatment for breast cancer. Bassett ended up having a number of operations and described one episode as being ‘like something out of a horror film’, because Markandoo had operated on her while she was still awake. ‘I ended up having eight or nine operations because they all went wrong,’ said Bassett. ‘I kept having to go back to the hospital because my stitches were busting open and leaking. ‘On one occasion she said, 'I won't put you to sleep for this one' and operated on me while I was awake. ‘It was like something out of a horror film. I still keep having nightmares and wake up screaming.’
A spokesperson for the Trust, which has paid an average of £35,697 to each of the 19 women to receive compensation, said: ‘The trust has worked hard with its insurers and legal advisers to ensure that these matters have been dealt with as quickly and reasonably as possible. ‘There are now six outstanding claims and the trust's solicitors and the solicitors for the remaining patients are continuing to investigate those in the hope that they will shortly be brought to a swift conclusion.’
If you think you have a medical negligence claim, call the National Accident Helpline or claim online today. We can give you advice and information about your claim and refer you to a medical negligence solicitor in your area.
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