Apology to breast cancer patient after ‘horrific’ results of cosmetic surgery

NHS Trust pays £62,000 to woman in bungled ops
A breast cancer victim has been awarded £62,000 compensation by the East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust after a series of botched operations left her disfigured.The initial surgery was carried out by Consultant Surgeon, David Jackson, who was employed at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital at the time and also worked at the Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury.
The patient, Pauline Gevaux, from River, near Dover, who is now 45, had to have a complete right breast mastectomy in 2002 and later her left breast partially removed.
She underwent cosmetic reconstructive surgery in 2004, also by Mr Jackson, but was horrified by the results which she said left her with different sized and shaped breasts and ugly cross-hatch stitching.  A further operation to put in an implant was also unsatisfactory.
Mrs Gevaux eventually had to see a specialist plastic surgeon at East Grinstead Hospital to try and correct the defects.
Her case was taken up by medical negligence specialist Darren Tamplin, who is a partner in the Canterbury based firm Fairweathers Solicitors.
It has resulted in the compensation being awarded for her scarring and emotional trauma which was agreed by the National Health Service Litigation Authority, acting for the Trust.
Mrs Gevaux said: “My primary reason for bringing this case was to expose the extent that I was let down by the surgeon and to prevent anyone else suffering the same way.  
“I am happy that this horrific chapter in my life has come to an end and the case has settled.”  
Her solicitor, Mr Tamplin added: “The real tragedy of this case can be summed up by an expert plastic surgeon’s report which said that, had the original surgery been done competently, then two further procedures would have dealt with the breast asymmetry.  
“As it was, Pauline required a further four operations that should have been completely unnecessary.”
Dr Neil Martin, medical director of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to apologise to Mrs Gevaux for the distress that has been caused by our former surgeon’s work.  We wish her and her family well for the future.”
Mr Jackson, who lives in Nackington Road, Canterbury, left the employment of the Trust and the private Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury in 2007.  He is suspended by the General Medical Council.
Reproduced with the permission of the Kentish Gazette, part of the KM Group – http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentish_express/news.aspx