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A woman has been left unable to have children naturally after a hospital removed the wrong fallopian tube during surgery.

Healthcare worker Chelsie Thomas had her left fallopian tube removed despite “clear and unambiguous” test results showing an ectopic pregnancy in her right tube, her lawyers said.

The 26-year-old had to have the surgery again to remove the tube for which the operation was originally scheduled for.

Ms Thomas had her surgery in March last year at Walsall Manor Hospital, which is run by the trust she works as a clinical support worker for.

She was called back in when maternity staff raised concerns after reading medical notes.

The mother-of-one, who had dreamt of having two more children, is calling for lessons to be learned to prevent a similar error happening in future.

She said: “None of this seems real. I am heartbroken and just feel numb at what has happened and devastated at how I can no longer have children naturally.

“After I came round from my first operation I felt really ill. I was in so much pain, which continued throughout the day.

The error was spotted by maternity staff who raised concerns after reading medical notes
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The error was spotted by maternity staff who raised concerns after reading medical notes

“The next day the doctor who carried out the surgery came to see me and at this point told me that the operation went really well and I was told I could go home that morning.

“Shortly after I got home, I received a call asking me to go back to hospital for a scan. As I was being scanned, I said that I thought that the ectopic pregnancy had been removed and then I saw my baby’s heartbeat on the screen.

“I started to cry instantly. I couldn’t speak as I was lost for words.

“It has been difficult to come to terms with the fact that I have not only had unnecessary surgery but have been left unable to have more children naturally.

“I had planned on having two more children as I come from a large family.

“The hospital has classed this as a ‘never event’ and it is difficult to understand how this has happened. I just hope that it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

Her lawyers said the trust has published an internal serious incident investigation report. It concluded the original procedure “was carried out without appropriate due diligence and attention”.

The report also found the second doctor who carried out the follow-up operation identified that Ms Thomas had “an obvious” ectopic pregnancy. It said he carried out the procedure without apparent difficulty or delay.

If Ms Thomas’s right tube had been “inspected throughout its entire length, the ectopic pregnancy should have been discovered and removed,” the report stated.

The trust has admitted liability and offered to fund one round of IVF treatment.

Dr Matthew Lewis, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust medical director, said: “We would once again offer our sincere apologies to the patient involved for the fact that our care fell below the standard that we would expect for anyone who uses our services.

“In this particular case, while the necessary checks were carried out before surgery and consent was given, an error was regrettably made.”

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