Cancer patient sues after alleged botched surgery
COLON surgery at Rockhampton Hospital has left a cancer patient in constant pain and unable to conceive a child, after the procedure was reportedly botched by a surgeon.
The 34-year-old woman is suing Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service for $1,092,550 for the alleged medical negligence of former employee Dr Wisam Alkidady.
The woman, who preferred not to be named, said the nightmare ordeal began in 2011 after she was diagnosed with colon cancer.
She underwent procedures performed by Dr Wisam Alkidady at the Rockhampton Hospital, which reportedly ended in a two day admission to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
"I understand that during the procedure I experienced severe haemorrhaging and a laparotomy had to be performed," the woman said.
"I required resuscitation, blood transfusion for blood loss of 2.5 litres and pelvic packing to control the bleeding.
"Dr Alkidady informed me that the staple gun had not worked properly and misfired hitting a vein."
After spending over four months undergoing extensive surgeries with various complications and ongoing pain, the woman said Dr Alkidady "gave up" on her.
"Dr Alkidady told me that he had 'given up' and that he had sent my results to a surgeon in NSW. He later informed me the Sydney surgeon could not see me and he told me that I had a 'collapsed bowel'.
The woman lost her teaching job in Singapore, and would eventually be forced to cancel her wedding plans.
In May, she returned to the hospital's emergency department and was prescribed antibiotics for an inflamed surgical scar.
Due to the ongoing issues, the woman was referred to Royal Brisbane and Woman's Hospital where alarm bells immediately rang for doctors.
"On June 18 I attended Dr David Taylor at the RBWH," she said.
"He told me that this was not right and he referred me for further investigations."
"Dr Taylor informed me that the cause of my ongoing pain and narrowing of the anastomosis was an anastomotic stricture.
"He expressed doubt that the stapler gun had misfired and he wasn't sure that was possible."
After further extensive surgery to try and resolve her problems, Dr Taylor told the woman a vein had probably been cut incorrectly during the initial surgery with Dr Alkidady, preventing part of the colon from receiving blood and more surgery was required.
"It was after my surgery on September 7, 2012 at RBWH that I realised how extensive my injuries were and how deficient my care at Rockhampton Hospital was.
"I read a newspaper article which reported Dr Alkidady had cut a vein on another patients and that patient had haemorrhaged to death. It seemed remarkably similar to my own experience and I began to think that mine was not a one-off mistake.
"I now have reduced bowel function, diminished ability to enjoy my life and I am infertile."
Maurice Blackburn's Margaret Brain, who is representing the woman in the lawsuit, said it was important for patients to speak out.
"It was only after hearing her surgeon's name associated with a death that our client felt she should come forward," she said.