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Ectopic pregnancy medical mistake leaves woman infertile

Ectopic pregnancy medical mistake leaves woman infertile

An incident has recently been reported in the press of a woman who attended Hospital for removal of one fallopian tube (Salpingectomy) due to suffering an ectopic pregnancy.

After various complications it was found that the Surgeon had removed the wrong fallopian tube, the one that did not contain the pregnancy.  As a result of that medical mistake, the woman has now had both fallopian tubes removed and is infertile.

Salpingectomy is the surgical removal of one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) fallopian tubes. Fallopian tubes allow eggs to travel from the ovaries to the uterus. A partial salpingectomy is when you have only part of a fallopian tube removed.

Ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes.  If an egg gets stuck in them, it will not develop into a baby and the mother's health may be at risk if the pregnancy continue.  In the UK, about one in every 90 pregnancies - about 11,000 a year - is ectopic (Source – NHS).

It is uncommon that medical mistakes as obvious as this are made but, nonetheless, it does happen.  Mistakes such as this are unnecessary if the correct reporting procedures are followed and there can be no excuse for them.  In short, mistakes like this should be indefensible.

At Swain & Co Solicitors, we act for many women who have experienced medical mistakes, negligence, as a result of obstetric and gynaecological treatment received up and down the country.   Our team of experienced clinical negligence lawyers are skilled in these types of claims which range from failures to diagnose female cancers to poorly implanted contraceptive devices and many other treatment types.  We work hard to ensure that these women get answers to the questions they have following such poor treatment and, of course, that the maximum amount of financial compensation is received for them.

Melanie Lidstone-Land, Senior Associate in the department says,

“How can it be that this world is so advanced in terms of technology but mistakes like this can still be made?  A woman’s gynaecological health is of massive importance and is also bound up with her psychological well being and, as such, the consequences of mistakes made are life changing for her, her partner and their family.”

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