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    Botched hernia operation compensation claim reaches High Court


    Dennis Stacey, a 69-year-old man from Priory Hill in Kent, has taken his case for compensation to the High Court after undergoing what he believes was a botched hernia operation.

    The operation took place in early 2008 at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent. However the site where the operation had been performed started to swell as it became infected. He was back at home at this point and he stated that his stomach literally exploded and led to blood being showered all over the bedroom he shares with his wife.

    Mr Stacey was at the High Court to give a statement to the judge, and he described the horrific injuries he has been left with. The incident meant he now has a hole in his stomach that is permanently open. Even seasoned emergency personnel who arrived at his home to rush him to hospital were overcome by the horrific scene they were confronted with.

    The NHS Trust that covers the William Harvey Hospital has admitted it was liable but disputes the amount of compensation Mr Stacey was claiming. The High Court judge will now make a decision regarding the amount.

    How often do operations go wrong?

    It is vital to remember that the majority of operations people undergo on the NHS are performed successfully and with no after-effects. However as with any form of treatment of this nature it is clear that post-operative problems do have the potential to occur.

    They are rare and for the most part when they do happen they are minor in nature. This particular incident was very rare but has clearly left the patient with a lifelong condition as a result of the infection.

    Source: Kent Online

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