Mum has leg amputated after operation goes wrong

Lorraine Brewin Photo: Kate Hemingway

A mum of three from Lincolnshire, who went into hospital for a routine operation and ended up having part of her leg amputated, has won an interim compensation payout.

Lorraine Brewin who's 46 went into Grantham Hospital to have varicose veins removed from her leg in 2009, but ended up in Lincoln County Hospital having the lower part of her left leg removed. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust admitted that inadequate care following the operation led to the amputation which could have been avoided.

Lorraine has received a six figure interim payment of compensation. She now relies on carers to help her with general day to day tasks.

"The last three years have been the most upsetting and physically painful of my life and the fact the amputation could so easily have been avoided had I received the right to care is something I don't think I'll ever get over. Before the surgery I was fit and healthy apart from the varicose veins but I've been wheelchair bound ever since."

– Lorraine Brewin
Lorraine Brewin Credit: Kate Hemingway

Lorraine Brewin who's 46 went into Grantham Hospital to have varicose veins removed from her leg in 2009, but ended up in Lincoln County Hospital having the lower part of her left leg removed. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust admitted that inadequate care following the operation led to the amputation which could have been avoided.

Lorraine has received a six figure interim payment of compensation. She now relies on carers to help her with general day to day tasks.

"She is reliant on a wheelchair and is facing an ongoing struggle to adapt to her new life as well as coming to terms with the fact that had she received the correct treatment and after care the amputation could so easily have been avoided. Lorraine is likely to suffer constant pain and discomfort for the rest of her life as a result of the avoidable errors at the hospitals where she received treatment."

– Zoe Brodrick, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

“United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised to Mrs Brewin for aspects of care she received in January 2009 which did not meet the standards she was entitled to expect.

The Trust fully investigated the case and over the last four years many steps have been taken to ensure staff receive further training in the rapid escalation of a diagnosis and in responding to changes in a patient’s condition. ”

– United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust