WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 63-year-old cancer patient lost most of his penis after contracting an infection following an operation to remove his prostate gland in March 2013.
- Andrew Lane’s bowel was punctured during the procedure but the hospital staff only became aware of the injury six days after the surgery.
- Southend University Hospital NHS foundation trust compensated Lane a six-figure to settle the case, admitting liability.
In March 2013, 63-year-old cancer patient Andrew Lane had a surgical procedure to remove his prostate gland at Southend hospital.
According to his lawyers, it was six days after the operation when the staff noticed that his bowel got punctured during the procedure. He was rushed to the operating room again, but he contracted a severe infection that caused him to be left with only an inch-and-a-half of his penis.
The case was settled in July, according to Slater and Gordon, Lane’s lawyers. The Southend University hospital NHS foundation trust admitted their mistake and agreed to pay Lane an undisclosed amount.
Lane said: “I’ve been compensated, but I’ll never get my health back and I just want other people to be aware of how dangerous this flesh-eating bug is. If you don’t feel you are getting the right treatment, you have got to speak out.”
Lane said that the removal of the contaminated muscle tissue covering his stomach left his stomach intestines hanging out, which made him look nine months pregnant.
He added, “I used to be sporty and proud of my body, but now I can’t bear to look in the mirror.”
Lane married Sue, his partner of 18 years, after his hospital ordeal. Although his desire remained, he cannot have sex because the hospital negligence left him incontinent.
“It’s been a difficult thing to come to terms with for both of us,” he explained. “I know Sue still loves me, but I do feel less of a man.”
Lane has since been treated for depression.
“The impact has been devastating, both physically and emotionally, but the trust’s admissions have at least given him some closure and the means to get the care and support that he needs to move on with his life,” said clinical negligence specialist, Tom Spearpoint.
He further commented that Andrew Lane has proven to be selfless and strong in sharing his experience to raise awareness about the hospital negligence and the life-threatening infection that could be fatal if left untreated.
Source: The Guardian