In 2010 X was suffering from abdominal pains and vomiting. Her GP confirmed after an ultrasound scan was taken that X had gallstones. She was given medication but as the pain did not subside, she was referred to Scarborough Hospital.
X was given a course of anti-inflammatory medication but as her symptoms persisted, she was put on the waiting list for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
In March 2011 X was admitted for surgery to remove her gallbladder. As the surgeon was searching for X’s gallbladder (which was not present), a bile duct injury was caused. This resulted in a specialist travelling to the hospital to perform a procedure called a roux-en-y hepatojejunostomy, in order to repair the damage.
X was admitted to the intensive therapy unit following surgery, before being transferred to a general ward and being discharged 9 days after admission.
In the summer of 2011, X was still in pain. Blood results showed X was suffering from jaundice. She was admitted to Scarborough Hospital and then transferred to St James’ Hospital in Leeds in December 2011.
X unfortunately required further surgery in January 2012 to redo the roux-en-y hepatojejunostomy, which was subsequently redone again.
Andrew Cragg succeeded in proving that the surgery undertaken on 9 March 2011 was negligent and X received an award of compensation.