Stella Dimoko Surgeon Who Mistakenly Removed Woman's Ovary Instead Of Appendix Has Been Struck Off


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Surgeon Who Mistakenly Removed Woman's Ovary Instead Of Appendix Has Been Struck Off

A senior surgeon with "poor vision" accidentally removed a woman's ovary instead of her appendix and then told bosses it was a "trifling error".

Dr Lawal Haruna , 59, has been struck off after mistaking the patient's reproductive organs for her appendix when she was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain.

The unnamed "Patient B", who was not of child-bearing age, also had her fallopian tube removed during the bungled procedure.

The incident in March 2015 was one of a series of botched operations carried out by Haruna over two years which were so poorly executed colleagues described them as 'never events'.

Another man, known as Patient A, who had acute appendicitis, had been on a list for emergency surgery, yet Haruna mistakenly removed a pad of fat, meaning he was forced to undergo a further operation a month later.

Haruna removed a skin tag from a third patient who had been admitted with a cyst.

An expert report read: "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'.'

Haruna, who says he has 25 years' experience, dismissed the incidents as "trifling errors" and said the appendix and fallopian tubes were similar "worm-like structures which lie in a similar area."

But at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service a disciplinary panel found him guilty of misconduct and banned him from treating patients.

Chairman Clare Sharp told Haruna his treatment of one patient was "reckless" and added: "You were asked to put yourself into your patients' shoes, and to consider how your actions made them feel. Whilst you have apologised to the patients in question, you showed a lack of empathy for them, as well as for the serious consequences of your failings.

"Patient A was in pain for a month after your operation, and had to undergo a further operation to remove his appendix after you failed to do so the first time. Had Patient B been of child-bearing age, your removal of a fallopian tube and ovary could have been incredibly serious and potentially life-changing for her, but you showed no recognition of these potential consequences.

Ms Sharp said another patient had suffered a post-operative infection and later said she had "lost confidence" in the safety of surgery for her or her family.

"You had no real concept of how your patients felt, and the impact which your actions had on them post-operatively," she said.

"The Tribunal did not believe that your misconduct was deliberate, but it concluded that there was a continuing risk to patients."

The incidents occurred between 2013 and 2015 whilst Dr Haruna was working for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, which oversees six hospitals.

Patient A was admitted on 4 September 2013 with suspected appendicitis and was diagnosed two days later and added to a list for emergency surgery.

But on September 7, Haruna failed to identify Patient A's appendix and removed a pad of fat. He also failed to ask for assistance when he experienced difficulty with Patient A's surgery.

Patient B was admitted on March 8 2015 with abdominal pain which was later diagnosed as appendicitis. On March 10 Hauruna mistakenly removed her ovary and fallopian tube when performing an open appendicectomy, leaving the appendix in situ.

The hearing was told the NHS Trust investigated the incident as a 'Never Event' and in a report recommended he be restricted in what operations he carried out. But on August 25 of that year Patient C was referred to Haruna with a small lump on an intimate part of her body. He failed to identify the site of the lesion to be removed a skin tag instead.

Haruna apologised to Patients A and C personally and to Patient B via his medical team.

The surgeon, who represented himself, told the Manchester hearing, said he had been suffering from "poor vision" at the time and claimed it would be 'harsh' to strike him off.

He added: "I want to apologise to all the patients. I didn't experience operative difficulties, in removing whatever I removed. Everything had gone along fine and it was not difficult to remove.

"It was only later I realised it was not the appropriate part. The operation itself, the technicality, was fine but the wrong specimen was removed.

"I have performed hundreds of appendectomies. this was due to lapse of judgement."

But expert witness, Dr Michael Zeigerman, said: "If you feel you are not capable for any reason then you should not perform the procedure. If you are over tired or feel you are impaired in any way your duty is to the patient. You must say I can't do this I must ask for help, there's always someone at the end of the phone.

"If your vision is impaired and you are tired you need to ask for help to lower the risk of 'never events'.

"Your responsibility is to your patient and if you feel impaired you should seek help. If you are visually not good you shouldn't be operating. If your ability is impaired you shouldn't start an operation or if you become unwell then you should ask for help. Sometimes your visibility does start to get a bit blurred and you stop and go for a cup of tea but you don't just carry on.

"You need to make sure what you are taking out is the right thing. It makes it stranger that somebody with that experience would mistake the appendix for a pad of fat in one case and the fallopian tube in another case. It should make you more likely not to miss them.

"A never event is something that should never, ever happen. It's so serious that Jeremy Hunt himself has every single one of them written in his office - and we have three of them here."



  1. Was there no one else in the operating room?
    Nurse or someone watching or helping him?

    1. Vicky God bless you. When I had surgery in the UK, I had like 4 people with me. I don't understand, hmm.

    2. Starry larry pls help me with the link to download wedding party movie. Thanks.

    3. Even if there were people with him in the room.He was the surgeon. He alone prepared for that surgery & from after the incision, he alone knows the pathway.Except the flunkey or assistants pay more than a passing interest, would they know something is wrong.Everyone in a surgery room has a specific role.

  2. Kai...this is serious

  3. I am rewatching Greys Anatomy for the 100th time and just opened this blog to see this.

    Thunder fire any doctor who would make a "thrifting " error with my body organs.

    BTW, my best character is Christina!
    She is me!

    1. Lol
      Dat girl Na kolo.....😂
      Mine is dr n funny😉

    2. Christina for me to. And I agree sloan is hot, but jackson with the eyes is way hotter

    3. Derek shepherd and Meredith grey jor

  4. 😳😳😳😳😳

  5. He took his negligence to Abroad. If thesame thing had happened in Nigeria, his colleagues will come under anonymous here to rant out their stupidity. We see their stupid comments when ever their colleagues commit same negligence.
    Thank God it happened over there, watch and see in the next two years he is back to Nigeria practicing medicine again. Yeye country with yeye doctors..

  6. He has poor vision and he still in service as a surgeon;
    Wat is wrong wit Africans for Pete sake?
    Nawa o.😞

  7. I know of a Doctor that shakes, and sometimes talks like he forgets. He owns a hospital.

    I really don't know if he still sees patients... It will be a scary one.
    Very scary.

  8. Hmmm no excuse for cutting a woman's ovary and fallopian tube. If his vision is not good, he should quit

  9. I reject this kinda surgeon in d name of Jesus,ur kind will not see me or anyone close to me IJN.
    This reminded me of an event dt happened when I was at d hospital to have my first child.The doctor DT was supposed to attend to me was so nonchalant, he was after my age and husband's age on my file,gossiping about me with other nurses while my baby's heart beat was dropping gradually.As God may have it,a nurse came in,and check me and started shouting at d doctor and d other nurses,d doctor still insisted DT they should wait,out of anger d nurse called their overall boss,he came at once,checked me and asked them to prepare me for a C-section coz my baby's heart beat was really dropping,d other nonchalant doctor was still trying to disagree with them,that they should all wait till tomorrow,at DT point I started praying coz I felt d devil was using DT doctor,all of a sudden all d nurses including d matron started attaching DT evil doctor.Finally,d surgery was successful,I carried my cute son,I was soooo happy despite d pains. After,d surgery,I saw DT doctor(he was covered with guilt and shame),I held my baby tight like he was going to hurt him.Ever since then,whenever DT doctor sees me,he'll change route asap.

  10. Jesuuuu,this man yaf kee mi ooo

  11. Na expo u take pass ur exams?

  12. Doctor from the pit of hell.

  13. Them full Nigeria. Quacks and nonchalant doctors & nurses who behave as if they're doing you a favor and that their services are free.
    Not that we don't have excellent ones here but an encounter with the reverse can ruin your life.
    He thought he was in Nigeria abi? He should be jailed also. What is that woman was within the child bearing age? Na so he for destroy her life! Thank God nobody died on his operating table.

  14. #Repeat this until you understand it: I do not need people who do not need me*

  15. a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
    Gangster doctor.... They should jail his ass abeg no time....

  16. Quack, quack, quack dokito. Who ever let this one graduate from medical school? Or was it all part of the quota fulfilment system? Una don dey see the end results of putting square pegs in round holes? It's just so maddening this quack gets to end the lives of unsuspecting persons. QED@atm


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