A man who suffered life-changing medical problems after unnecessary surgery has won a six-figure payout from the district’s hospitals trust.
Vincent Laurie, 55, of Normanton, underwent invasive colostomy surgery at Pinderfields Hospital in December 2008 after complications following haemorrhoid treatment.
He then suffered a string of further complications, and he ended up having most of his stomach removed in July 2011.
An investigation by law firm Irwin Mitchell found that the 2008 surgery was not necessary, and that Mr Laurie was not given enough information about his treatment options at the time.
Mr Laurie, who lost his job and saw his marriage breakdown during the ordeal, has been awarded an out-of-court settlement which will pay for further treatment.
The former construction worker said: “I’ve felt incredibly low over the past few years and it has been very hard to come to terms with my condition.
“The consultant surgeon made up her own mind that I needed colostomy surgery and I trusted her.
“I only agreed because I thought there was no other way to get back on my feet and to feel better. If she had explained my options to me and their risks I would never have gone ahead with surgery and I would have explored my other options.”
James Thompson, expert medical lawyer for Irwin Mitchell, said Mr Laurie could have recovered from non-invasive treatment.
He said: “The past few years have been a terrible ordeal for Mr Laurie, who has lived with excruciating pain, embarrassment and discomfort every day caused by the unnecessary surgery which made his condition worse.”
Dr Richard Jenkins, medical director at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, said: “We have written to Mr Laurie to express our sincere apologies in relation to the issues he has experienced.
“We are committed to making sure that patients are able to make informed decisions on the treatment options available to them and it is important that we learn lessons from this case.”