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Surgeon who removed ovary by mistake is allowed to continue practising

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 20 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3401
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A registrar who removed a healthy ovary from a pregnant woman with appendicitis instead of her appendix has been allowed to continue practising, after a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel decided that he was “not a danger to the public.”

Yahya Al-Abed was “out of his depth” in performing the operation on Maria de Jesus at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Essex, on 23 October 2011, the panel found. A consultant surgeon, Babatunde Coker, should have performed it or at least supervised it but had gone home.

De Jesus gave birth to a stillborn boy and …

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