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Misconduct hearing: Pregnant mum died after surgeon removed healthy ovary instead of appendix at Romford hospital

PUBLISHED: 08:56 15 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:14 15 April 2014

Maria De Jesus pregnant with the baby she miscarried days before she died of multiple organ failure

Maria De Jesus pregnant with the baby she miscarried days before she died of multiple organ failure

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A pregnant mother-of-three with appendicitis died after a trainee surgeon mistakenly removed one of her healthy ovaries, a tribunal heard.

Trainee surgeon Dr Yahya Al-Abed admitted he made a number of errors during the procedureTrainee surgeon Dr Yahya Al-Abed admitted he made a number of errors during the procedure

Maria De Jesus, 32, underwent the operation at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, after she was admitted with abdominal pains in October 2011.

She died 19 days later after suffering a miscarriage.

Inexperienced medic Dr Yahya Al-Abed admitted he made a number of errors during the procedure.

“Patient A had begun to bleed quite heavily. Something was not right,’ Peter Horgan, of the General Medical Council (GMC) said. “In the midst of this, Mr Al-Abed removed what he clearly believed to be the appendix.”

Senior surgical consultant, Dr Babatunde Coker, is accused of failing in his role by not attending theatre.

Mr Coker was never called and received no information it was underway.

The General Medical Council (GMC) says the doctors’ treatment of Mrs De Jesus, amounted to misconduct.

Mrs De Jesus, who was 21-weeks pregnant, was discharged ten days after the October 23 operation, but returned to the Romford hospital on November 7, still in serious pain.

Mr Horgan said: “On November 9 it was discovered by another doctor that in fact the histology report showed an ovary had been removed and not the appendix.”

Mrs De Jesus gave birth to a still-born boy and died on the operating table on November 10 following a second operation, by a different surgeon, to remove her appendix.

The post-mortem concluded she had died of multiple organ failure brought on by septicaemia.

Both doctors are facing fitness to practise proceedings at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester.

Mr Coker admits to failing to appropriately undertake his role but denies several other similar charges.

Dr Al-Abed admitted to the majority of the charges.

The hearing continues.

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Pregnant woman died at Queen’s Hospital, Romford after doctors mistakenly removed a healthy ovary instead of appendix

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