A woman whose husband died after a blunder during an operation is preparing to sue for surgical error compensation.
Brian Spring had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer when he underwent an operation at Lincoln County Hospital. The laparoscopic procedure was intended to remove the cancer from his bowel. Unfortunately, after the operation his bowel started to leak from the surgical area, and gas and fluid built up in his pelvis after originating from the leak. Unfortunately Brian passed away in November 2008, just weeks after undergoing the medical procedure.
Now the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper is reporting the outcome of the inquest into his death last week. The Coroner criticised the consultant for delaying a CT scan and exploratory laparoscopy after Mr Spring first showed signs of problems and a leak. He only underwent a CT scan two weeks after the operation. The findings of this scan – the presence of gas and fluid – were not acted upon due to a failure to record this information.
A spokesperson for the hospital stated that they had offered their apologies to the family of Mr Spring.
Now Mr Spring’s wife Barbara is preparing to sue the NHS trust in question – United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust – for the negligence and failings of its treatment.