Pryers Solicitors

Negligent Surgeon Costs Woman Her Fertility

In 2015 Penny was trying for a baby with her new partner. They were delighted when they fell pregnant, however, this was short-lived as it was soon discovered Penny had an ectopic pregnancy. This is where the pregnancy develops outside of the womb, most commonly in one of the fallopian tubes (the tubes which take the egg from the ovary to the womb).

An ectopic pregnancy is a serious medical situation as the growing pregnancy can cause the fallopian tube to rupture and cause internal bleeding.  This can be life-threatening to the mother. For this reason, ectopic pregnancies are unlikely to continue past the first few weeks.

Initially, the doctors advised that Penny take a tablet to assist in removing the pregnancy, but this was not successful so Penny required surgery to remove the pregnancy.

The type of surgery removes both the pregnancy and the fallopian tube it is situated in. This normally does not cause any fertility issues for the woman as she still has another healthy fallopian tube remaining.

In Penny’s case during the surgery, the surgeon damaged her remaining fallopian tube whilst removing the fallopian tube with the pregnancy. This left Penny with no fallopian tubes and rendered her infertile.

It was likely that Penny would have conceived again if she had a fallopian tube remaining as she had previously become pregnant with no issues.

The surgeon admitted responsibility for the damage caused to Penny’s remaining fallopian tube and Penny and her partner were offered IVF treatment on the NHS, free of charge. Unfortunately, this was unsuccessful but Penny and her partner funded their own IVF treatment and this resulted in a successful pregnancy for the couple.

Penny received compensation from the hospital trust as well as an apology.

Penny brought her case to Pryers as she was aware that Pryers specialise in gynaecology cases. Penny’s case was expertly managed by a solicitor at Pryers, Alice Houlden. Detailed and thorough investigations were carried out and a settlement of £20,000 was secured for Penny to compensate her for the psychological trauma and cost of private IVF treatment.

Alice of Pryers said, “Penny and her partner are now extremely happy that they are able to start their own family and are enjoying being new parents”.