Surgeon’s blunders

WEDNESDAY JULY 20 2011 HEALTH THROAT OPERATION'Jo Roche, of Bridlington, whose vocal chords were damaged during an operation on her thyroid gland. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT
WEDNESDAY JULY 20 2011 HEALTH THROAT OPERATION'Jo Roche, of Bridlington, whose vocal chords were damaged during an operation on her thyroid gland. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

A SURGEON from Yorkshire made key blunders during an operation on a Bridlington mother of two who was left breathing through a tube in her neck, a disciplinary panel has found.

A General Medical Council fitness to practise hearing in Manchester was told that Egypt-trained vascular and general surgeon Nayef El-Barghouty he carried out a routine operation at Scarborough Hospital in January 2008 on mother-of-two Jo Roche, now 42, to remove her thyroid gland.

But it was carried out in 90 minutes instead of the two to three hours expected and he severely damaged nerves linked to her vocal cords. Mrs Roche was left barely able to speak and the damage led to blockages in her airway.

Six months later she had to undergo a complete tracheostomy to fit a tube through her neck and into her windpipe to allow her to breathe properly.

Mrs Roche, a healthcare assistant at a Bridlington GP practice, had to teach herself to talk again. She said: “Life’s hard basically. The tracheostomy looks so ugly and there’s so much that I can’t do that I used to love, like swimming and singing with the kids.”

The same hearing, which is expected to conclude tomorrow, ruled the surgeon had been dishonest when he gave evidence after the death of grandfather Wilfrid Taylor, 82, of Eastfield, Scarborough, following surgery at Scarborough Hospital in 2009 to repair an aneurysim in his left leg.

In both cases the hospital paid damages.

Scarborough Hospital said it could not comment until the GMC deliberations had been completed.