A patient who was left distraught after surgeon Ian Paterson lied to her about the type of surgery he carried out has said that “the fact that Mr Paterson lied to me without flinching is something I will never recover from.”
Support from medical negligence specialist Ally Taft brought her compensation after her request for a total mastectomy was ignored, leaving her at risk of her cancer recurring.
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Understanding Brenda’s Claim
Brenda faced surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She made it clear that she wanted a mastectomy because she wanted to keep the risk of the cancer returning as low as possible.
She had two very young children and had recently lost her father to cancer, so she wanted as little risk as possible.
In fact, she even decided to go ahead with a double mastectomy to ensure there would be no chance of further breast cancer in the future.
Brenda was one of many victims of jailed breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who took no notice of her clear choice before he operated, leaving substantial breast tissue behind in what has come to be known as a cleavage-sparing mastectomy.
Although the hospital promised a review of Mrs Booth’s case, she had to take a second opinion herself to find out that she had had the less complete surgery, in spite of her clearly expressed wishes. She had further surgery to remove more breast tissue and has since had further breast reconstruction.
With Ally’s support, she received a share of the £37m compensation ordered by the High Court for about 750 patients to settle their cases against the surgeon and the hospitals in which he worked.
Medical Negligence Specialist, Ally Taft, Explains:
“Ian Paterson wreaked havoc with many people’s lives and ignored Brenda’s very specific request. She had to have further surgery to give her peace of mind.
“I have supported several of his patients. A recurring theme is that his actions, and the lies he told people, meant that many were at increased risk and were really afraid that their cancer would recur. That fear has scarred their lives. I’m glad to be able to help them take back control and be compensated for that suffering.”
Brenda Explains How It Felt To Experience This Negligence
“Ian Paterson was someone I put my complete trust in. To sit in front of him twice and ask the direct question, and him confirm each time with sincerity that I had had complete mastectomies and not his ‘sparing’ procedure, and had nothing to worry about, left me distraught.”
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More Information About Ian Paterson – Breast Surgeon
Paterson was given a 20-year prison sentence in May 2017 for 17 charges of wounding with intent, and the High Court set the level of compensation to be shared between around 750 patients who suffered inadequate or unnecessary treatment at his hands.
The ‘cleavage-sparing mastectomy’ was an unrecognised and unauthorised technique which left breast tissue behind when it should have been removed to reduce the risk of recurrence. An independent inquiry will begin this year into:
● responsibility for the quality of care in the independent sector
● information sharing, reporting of activity and raising concerns between the independent sector and the NHS
● the role of insurers of independent sector healthcare providers, including how data held about the scope and volume of work carried out by doctors is shared with the sector
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