A Staffordshire grandmother has won an undisclosed but substantial amount of compensation, after being misdiagnosed with stomach cancer and enduring unnecessary surgery.
The seventy four year old pensioner from Rugeley, in Staffordshire, who has not been named, was told she had a life threatening tumour and had to undergo a major operation to remove her stomach.
It was only after surgery that medical staff discovered that the tumour was in fact benign and the operation had been totally unnecessary.
The woman, with the support of her family, launched a claim for medical negligence compensation, against the Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust and was awarded an undisclosed amount in compensation, after the Trust admitted liability.
A representative from the grandmothers legal team stated that the error had been totally avoidable, adding that the most disconcerting aspect of the case was the fact that it was not down to an individual human error but involved a whole team of clinicians based at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Stomach cancer also referred to as gastric cancer, affects almost twice as many men as women and over 8,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year in the UK alone.