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Fallopian Tubes Not Clipped During Sterilisation

During a sterilisation the surgeon accidentally clipped Rosie's blood vessels, rather than her fallopian tubes, causing her to fall pregnant once again.

In 2010, Rosie decided she did not want any more children. Her husband agreed as Rosie had a tumour on her brain which was causing unpleasant side effects, including dizziness and tinnitus. She was soon to have an operation and accepted that having more children was simply out of the question, given her state of health.

She therefore attended hospital to have a sterilisation. She was told there was a risk the procedure could fail as the clips could fall off the fallopian tubes, or the tubes could grow back together. She signed the consent form and the operation went ahead without complication. She returned home the same day and made a good recovery.

To her surprise, however, she fell pregnant just nine months later. Rosie and her husband were very upset as they knew they could not keep the baby. They had been waiting over a year for Rosie's brain tumour to be removed and could not delay the process any longer by having another child. This was especially pressing for Rosie whose symptoms of tinnitus and poor balance were getting increasingly worse.

Consequently Rosie had a termination when she was seven weeks pregnant. She and her husband were very emotional in the following months as they never imagined they would terminate a pregnancy. To ensure it did not happen again, Rosie returned to her GP the following year, asking to be sterilised once again. She was referred to the hospital, and this time the procedure was carried out by a consultant Rosie knew and trusted.

After the second sterilisation, the consultant visited Rosie and her husband to explain the operation. He showed them some before and after photos, saying the procedure was now a success because he had taken away enough of the fallopian tubes so that they would not grow back. He also apologised that the original operation had failed, saying this happened because the first surgeon had in fact clipped her blood vessels and not her fallopian tubes.

Rosie was in total shock and soon became very angry that she had to go through a termination and a second sterilisation. During this time she had also been extremely worried that her tumour resection would be delayed because of the pregnancy. This caused her a great deal of stress and anxiety, all of which occurred because the surgeon was not competent enough to attach the clips correctly.

After phoning us to discuss her experience, we advised Rosie that she had been the victim of medical negligence. We helped her make a claim and she was awarded over £9,000 compensation.

(Details which might identify our client have been changed.)

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