By Jon Swaine
Published: 2:33PM BST 25 Aug 2009Surgeons failed to remove Mr Wattson’s appendix at the first attempt Photo: GETTY
Mark Wattson, from Swindon, Wilts, had two appendectomies in a month after doctors failed to remove the appendix at the first attempt.
He claims that he lost his job because his employers did not believe that he needed to have the operation twice.
Mr Wattson, 35, had his first appendectomy on Tuesday, July 7, after being told that his appendix was the cause of abdominal pain he had suffered for several months.
He said that doctors informed him that the procedure had gone well. He was discharged the next day.
Yet a month later, Mr Wattson was taken to hospital after collapsing in Swindon town centre.
He was told by doctors at Great Western Hospital – where his original operation had taken place – that his appendix had burst and that he needed an emergency appendectomy.
He was readmitted for surgery and released following the second – successful – operation on August 9.
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” Mr Wattson said. “I told these people I had my appendix out just four weeks earlier but there it was on the screen for all to see.
“I thought: ‘What the hell did they slice me open for in the first place’?”
Mr Wattson then suffered further complications. The incision made during his second operation became infected, leaving a hole in his stomach 4cm deep and 2cm wide.
He had to be admitted to hospital for a third time and spent another six days there. He was prescribed antibiotics to treat the infection.
However, he claims that he lost his part-time job in a high-street sports shop because they didn’t believe his story.
He said: “I had a temporary job but when I took in two medical certificates saying I had my appendix out twice they didn’t believe me.
“Now I’m helpless. I can’t go out and find a job, I can’t go to interviews. I can barely walk and am in constant pain.
Mr Wattson said he was considering taking legal action against the hospital in order to gain compensation. He said that he was concerned surgeons may have removed another part of his body during the first operation.
“I have no idea what they have taken out but I want to find out what went wrong,” he said.
Paul Gearing, the deputy general manager for surgery at Great Western Hospital, confirmed that an investigation into Mr Wattson’s claims was under way.
He said: “We are unable to comment on individual cases. However, we would like to apologise if Mr Wattson felt dissatisfied with the care he received at GWH.
“We have already met with the patient to discuss his concerns and an investigation is ongoing.”