Surgeon who accidentally removed a woman’s ovary instead of her appendix during two years of botched operations is struck off after being branded a ‘danger to patients’
Dr Lawal Haruna, 59, mistook a woman’s reproductive organs for her appendix
He said fallopian tubes were similar ‘worm-like structures’ to appendixes
In two more botched ops, he unnecessarily removed a pad of fat and a skin tag
Haruna found guilty at medical tribunal and has been banned from surgery
By KATIE FRENCH FOR MAILONLINE
13 May 2017
A senior surgeon who accidentally removed a woman’s ovary instead of her appendix has been struck off after being branded a ‘danger to patients’.
Dr Lawal Haruna, 59, botched three operations over the course of two years – including removing a woman’s ovary because he said the appendix and fallopian tubes were similar ‘worm-like structures’ in the same area.
The unnamed woman, known as Patient B, was treated by him when she was admitted for abdominal pain while he was working for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
During the operation, one of her ovaries was removed leaving her appendix – which was causing her great pain – in situ. A tribunal heard how it was lucky she was not of child-bearing age as it could have affected her fertility.
Dr Haruna botched up two further operations – mistaking a lump of fat for an appendix in one case and a skin tag for a harmful lump in another.
A man known as Patient A was supposed to be treated for acute appendicitis – but Dr Haruna removed a pad of fat instead by mistake.
Colleagues described the operations as poorly executed and ‘never events’.
When health bosses began investigating, Haruna botched a third operation on a woman known as Patient C who had been admitted with a cyst – only for him to remove a skin tag instead.
One expert who investigated the operations said in a report: ‘Dr Haruna was mistaken in his identification of the appendix and removed the ovary and tube in error. This is a serious omission and a breach of duty of care.
‘To have mistaken a fat pad for the appendix and to have failed to deal adequately with the pathology suggests a standard of care which is seriously below that expected of a reasonably competent Staff Grade in General Surgery’.’
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