Mum left infertile after surgeons removed wrong fallopian tube

A young mum is unable to have more children after surgeons removed her healthy fallopian tube by mistake.

Chelsie Thomas, 26, was rushed to hospital in March last year after suffering a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.

Despite “clear and unambiguous” ultra-scan results showing the ectopic pregnancy was in her right fallopian tube, surgeons removed the left one, which was healthy.

The horrific blunder was only discovered a week later when Chelsie was rushed back to hospital after suffering crippling stomach pains.

Medics were forced to remove the right fallopian tube which now means Chelsie is unable to conceive naturally without IVF treatment.

Chelsie, from Walsall, West Mids., who has a six-year-old son Riley-Jay, said the mistake at Walsall Manor Hospital “destroyed everything".

She said:

I have had to explain to my son that he cannot have a brother or sister.
I have had to leave my job because I can't face going back there and I am going to have to have therapy because it's getting worse not better.

Chelsie also says her relationship with her partner broke down as a result of the surgery and she has also lost her job and is on anti-depressants.

Dr Matthew Lewis, the medical director at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, admitted surgeons made a mistake, and said:

Our care fell below the standard that we would expect.

He added that the trust worked with "patients and their families, our own clinicians and staff to learn lessons and put systems in place to try and avoid such incidents".

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