"Ongoing problems after bowel surgery"

About: Halton Hospital / Gastroenterology Salford Royal / Gastroenterology Warrington Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I was pumped full of steroids and given enemas. I was admitted through A&E twice for blood loss.

I was told I needed surgery for a temporary stoma to relieve symptoms. I woke up in intensive care with a tear in my small bowel and got an infection, which led to my stomach ripping open wide and 4 fistulas left to heal.

I spent 6 months in a side room, bed ridden on a ton feed. Eventually, I got transferred to life saving Salford Royal, where 14 months later they performed miracle surgery to save my life.

This was an absolute living nightmare. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. And the medical ombudsman who have taken 14 months to investigate and say I received acceptable and adequate care!

My stoma is now permanent. I have no large bowel, and I feel that this is because of hospital errors. I also have no rectum and probably won't be able to have children. I cannot understand how this is acceptable!?

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