73-year-old Brenda Gorst has been awarded £250,000 after a seven year battle to try and correct a botched hip replacement.
She began suffering various aches and pains in her hip when she was in her 60s but this didn’t prevent her from being active. She was sent for a scan which showed some wear and tear and the consultant at Abergele Hospital recommended hip replacement surgery which took place in October 2007.
A serious of blunders by her consultant left her right foot pointing 90 degrees in the right direction, a life-threatening infection and a leg four inches shorter. After seven major operations she still faces another procedure to rebuild her pelvis and leg bone.
Brenda said “The risks associated with this operation were never really explained to me. When I woke up from the operation, my leg was black and I was in agony. It was bruised from tip to toe to unbelievable levels. I thought it would get better. It took some time for me to realise something had gone badly wrong”.
When the pain and swelling did not subside a second operation was scheduled but she said “after the second operation, it became obvious that my right foot had started to point east. They tried to put my foot straight with sandbags”.
After complaining of pain the consultant told Mrs Gurst that she clearly doesn’t tolerate pain well and transferred her to a pain clinic. The new consultant was shocked when the results came in and at the state of her hip and leg. The consultant thought that she had contracted a flesh-eating disease but fortunately it wasn’t. Although the vicious infection caused doctors to scour the country to find antibiotics which cost £2,000 a day just to treat the infection.
The pensioner said “The last seven years has been nothing short of a nightmare. This has been an horrendous experience and it’s important to me that other people don’t have to go through what I’ve been through”.