Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Payouts for Botched Ops

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Payouts for Botched Ops

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Byline: Andy Passant

Two women whose lives may have been shortened by botched surgery at the same hospital have been awarded cash payouts.

Claire Easby and Jahanara Begum, both from Darlington, were devastated after operations went wrong.

Doctors trying to remove the women's gall bladders mistakenly cut the wrong tubes damaging the bile ducts.

Both had to undergo reconstructive surgery in Newcastle following the blunder and could now face liver transplants in the future.

Today they told how their lives had been devastated by the bungled "routine" operations at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Mrs Easby, of Derwent Street, Darlington, was awarded a "six figure" sum but says it will never make up for what happened to her. The 37-year-old mum said the operation was a "big botched-up job".

She said hospital staff at first thought she was a "malingerer" but they then realised there was a serious problem.

Mrs Easby, who has an eight-year-old daughter, Nadine, said she was sent to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for major reconstructive surgery.

The former ground stewardess at Teesside International Airport said she is still unable to work.

She said: "A lot of people say I am a totally different person. I used to be quite bouncy, outgoing. I lack self-confidence badly. I put my life in somebody else's hands but I could have very easily died.

"I could win the Lottery tomorrow and it still wouldn't make me happy. No amount of money is enough.

"There is nothing they could give me or do which could make up for what they have done."

Mrs Begum, 40, said she lives in constant fear of dying since her operation.

The mother of two children under five, who lives in Shearwater Avenue, now struggles to cope with everyday jobs such as vacuuming.

Her husband, Anwar Ali, said: "Every day is filled with tension for us now. We had about eight or nine months of hell after the operation. …

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