Keen v Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Hospitals Trust
Clinical negligence case that settled for a six-figure sum. The Claimant’s sigmoid colon was injured whilst undergoing a hysterectomy, which the surgeon failed to notice. Consequently, the Claimant developed infection; required three additional surgical procedures; and needed to use a colostomy bag permanently after the failure of the final operation to reverse a loop colostomy due to anastomic leakage. Breach of duty and causation remained in dispute. The claim was settled on the basis that the Claimant would not now risk any further surgery and would therefore have permanent disability.