A Bridlington woman has been awarded over £20,000 in compensation after her belly button erupted following a botched tummy tuck operation.
Patricia Jackson, 68, of Bridlington, was on a flight back from a week’s holiday in Portugal when her belly button erupted.
It was later discovered surgeons who had conducted her tummy tuck had failed to realise her old belly button had been left inside her.
She underwent a tummy tuck operation at a private hospital in the midlands in 2005 to remove extra skin and fat left after weight loss, however she was told a new belly button would not be created as there was not enough material left to form one.
Mrs Jackson said: “For the first year after the operation, everything was fine and I went to work as normal. However, I was due for a yearly check-up and it was during this time that the surgeon was concerned about the scarring because it looked quite bad. It didn’t really bother me but he admitted me to hospital overnight.”
An ultrasound scan revealed an infection under the scar, which was treated and she was discharged from hospital.
In 2011, when returning from holiday in Portugal, Mrs Jackson’s belly button burst and upon her return to England she was immediately taken to hospital.
She was treated at Castle Hill NHS Hospital in Hull where it was discovered that her old belly button was still inside her and this had broken down, causing the pain and leaking.
After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Mrs Jackson was given a new belly button and now experiences no leaking problems.
Mrs Jackson’s solicitor Jeanette Aspinall, at Fletchers Solicitors, said: “This case highlights how easy it is for an everyday cosmetic surgery procedure, like a tummy tuck, to go wrong, both with the surgery itself and if the proper after care is not administered. Mrs Jackson had the operation to gain confidence, and instead was subjected to years of pain and embarrassment.
“While Mrs Jackson is happy with the final result of the case after years of anger, she is now understandably fearful of undergoing any further surgery, should she need it in the future. She is now keen to put this incident behind her and highlight to others the problems of not receiving the proper after care after cosmetic surgery.”