Case Study Three

The client, a female living in London, required a number of services arranged by Target Medical for a medical negligence case.

The accident

Difficulties during past pregnancies meant the birthing of all previous and future children would be by Caesarean section (C-section). In 2012, the client was pregnant with child number 7. Due to the number of children the client had given birth to, they were required to attend regular appointments with a consultant.

Due to the high number of children the client had previously given birth to and the complications with pregnancy that the client had previously faced, the consultant advised the client to consider sterilisation. The idea of sterilisation was rejected by the client on more than one occasion.

On the day of the client’s C-section, the client suffered a migraine attack for which she normally takes medication for. The severe migraine had affected the client’s state of mind and ability to concentrate and make a considered decision. The consultant passed the client a form to sign before the C-section took place. The form was an agreement for the client to be sterilised. As the client had difficulty concentrating with the migraine and wanted to have the C-section started as soon as possible, the form was signed.

The damage caused

The C-section took place without complications and the client was discharged after a few days. With the migraine gone, the client suspected that they may have been sterilised and was unsure of what they had signed.

As the client still wanted more children, the client had previously rejected the idea of sterilisation on many occasions. Upon contacting the hospital, the client found out they were indeed sterilised after the C-section. To their horror, the sterilisation process was not reversible.

The sterilisation caused the client to experience heavier periods. As the client did not want to be sterilised, the client became very unhappy, which affected her mood and confidence. It strained the client’s relationship with her partner, causing the client to feel isolated and anti-social. The client became jealous of other pregnant women and new-born babies and hated being in hospitals. The process had indeed caused psychological damage to the client.

Recovery process

As part of the recovery process, the client attended several counselling sessions. Target Medical arranged for the rehabilitation sessions and medical examinations to ensure that the client was indeed on the road to recovery.

Moving forward

Unfortunately in this case, we cannot reverse an irreversible procedure. However, Target Medical have done everything we can to ensure that the psychological damage suffered by the client after the medical negligence was minimalised with the counselling sessions. Thanks to our wide network of specialists, we were able to back the client’s side of the story and help them move on from the incident.