Pregnant Woman Sadly Passes Away After Ovary Removed Instead of Appendix

22 June 2013

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Pregnant Woman Sadly Passes Away After Ovary Removed Instead of Appendix

Maria De Jesus from Wroxall Road, Dagenham died on the operating table after a second operation to remove the appendix and it was revealed that doctors had removed her ovary two weeks previously.

The 32-year-old was admitted to the hospital on October 21, 2011 complaining of abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with appendicitis and it was arranged that she would have an operation on October 23 to remove the appendix. The operation was carried out by two trainee surgeons in the absence of a consultant surgeon who removed her healthy ovary instead of her appendix.

Eight days after the operation, the teaching assistant was discharged from the hospital, but admitted herself on November 7 when her abdominal pains got worse. Doctors only picked up on the mistake two weeks later on November 9, when it was discovered that the histopathology report, which had been available since October 31, confirmed no appendix was seen on microscopy.

Despite attempts to save her, she miscarried and died on the operating table after a second, successful appendectomy to remove the appendix. Chief executive of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust, Averil Dongworth admitted liability in this case and apologised to the family. 

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