A senior surgeon, Dr Lawal Haruna who accidentally removed a woman’s ovary instead of her appendix has been struck off after being branded a ‘danger to patients’.
The unnamed patient known as Patient B and who was described as being of “non-child bearing age” also had her fallopian tube removed during the bungled op.
And the incompetent 59-year-old even left with her appendix inside and it is thought she had to undergo further treatment.
The incident in March 2015 occurred during a series of bungled operations carried out by Haruna which were so poorly executed, colleagues described them as “never events”.
One man known as Patient A who had acute appendicitis had been on a list for emergency surgery yet Haruna removed a pad of fat instead and he had to undergo a further operation a month later.
When health bosses began investigating, Haruna botched a third operation on a woman known as patient C who had been admitted with a cyst – only for him to remove a skin tag instead.
One expert who investigated the operations said in a report:
“Dr Haruna was mistaken in his identification of the appendix and removed the ovary and tube in error. This is a serious omission and a breach of duty of care.
”To have mistaken a fat pad for the appendix and to have failed to deal adequately with the pathology suggests a standard of care which is seriously below that expected of a reasonably competent Staff Grade in General Surgery.”
Haruna who claims to have 25 years experience later dismissed the incidents as ”trifling errors” and said the appendix and fallopian tubes were similar “worm-like structures which lie in a similar area.”
But at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service a disciplinary panel found him guilty of misconduct and banned him from treating patients.
Chairman Clare Sharp told Haruna his treatment of one patient was ”reckless” and added:
”You were asked to put yourself into your patients’ shoes, and to consider how your actions made them feel. Whilst you have apologised to the patients in question, you showed a lack of empathy for them, as well as for the serious consequences of your failings.
”Patient A was in pain for a month after your operation, and had to undergo a further operation to remove his appendix after you failed to do so the first time.
“Had Patient B been of child-bearing age, your removal of a fallopian tube and ovary could have been incredibly serious and potentially life-changing for her, but you showed no recognition of these potential consequences.
“You said Patient C seemed ‘fine’ when you met with her post-operatively, but she suffered a painful post-operative infection and she later wrote she had lost confidence and worried about about any further surgery for her and any member of her family. You had no real concept of how your patients felt, and the impact which your actions had on them post-operatively.
”The Tribunal did not believe that your misconduct was deliberate, but it concluded that there was a continuing risk to patients.”
The incidents occurred between 2013 and 2015 whilst Dr Haruna was working for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust which oversees six hospitals.
Haruna apologised to Patients A and C personally and said sorry to Patient B via his medical team.
The surgeon, who represented himself, told the Manchester hearing he had “poor vision” at the time he carried out the surgery and claimed it would be “harsh” to strike him off.
“I want to apologise to all the patients. I didn’t experience operative difficulties, in removing whatever I removed.”
But expert witness, Dr Michael Zeigerman, said:
“If you feel you are not capable for any reason then you should not perform the procedure. ”
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