Teenage sportswoman loses her thumb and has her TOE replaced after the hospital staff made a mistake during the operation – and she had no idea because it was hidden under plaster
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- Britney Thomas had a tourniquet on her thumb after an fracture surgery
- After unbearable pain, the plaster was removed to reveal that her thumb was dead
- Bloodsuckers used to increase blood flow and the thumb was sewn to her groin for six weeks
- When the efforts failed, her thumb was replaced by her hip and toe
- Comes amid research into shocking systemic failures in regional hospitals
An aspiring cricket player revealed how her life's dream was destroyed when medical professionals made a drastic mistake during a simple operation.
Britney Thomas, from Gippsland, Victoria, was 17 when she was operated on at the Latrobe Regional Hospital after breaking her thumb during a competition in Hong Kong.
But after the routine surgery, the orthopedic surgeon failed to remove a tourniquet that was used to cut off the blood flow during the operation.
Despite weeks of treatment after the bungle was discovered, Britney & # 39; s thumb had to be amputated and replaced with her big toe.
Despite their efforts, it was amputated under the joint and replaced by her toe, eliminating her left hand and destroying her cricket dreams
Britney told me Four corners she began to suffer on the night of the operation, and after five days of pain, she visited a doctor with her mother to have the plaster removed.
It was when doctors discovered that the medical device – used to reduce blood flow during surgery – was still present.
The hospital claimed that the removal of the tourniquet was accidentally checked as completely on a procedural checklist.
Mother Leanne Keating said the blackened thumb of her daughter looked worse than before.
& # 39; It was very dark, looked very dead – the skin was completely dirty, & # 39; said Keating.
Doctors tried to save her thumb by applying leeches to help the blood flow.
She began to suffer pain that evening and after five days of pain, Britney and her mother visited a doctor to have the plaster removed, and discovered that her thumb had turned black because the turnstile was never removed
Her thumb was then sewn to her groin for six weeks to get nerves and arteries to work.
Despite their efforts, it was amputated under the joint and replaced by her toe – eliminating her left hand and destroying her cricket dreams.
A new toe was then sculpted with the help of her hip joint.
Now that she is unable to bend both her thumb and toe, she is crushed and can no longer grab a cricket bat.
& # 39; It destroys me because I have nothing else I want to do, & # 39; she said
After often missing school during the recovery, the young woman (right) finally stopped
After often missing school during the recovery, the young woman finally stopped.
The director of the Latrobe Regional Hospital, Peter Craighead, was deeply troubled by the incident and said it made him sick.
He said that many employees were deeply affected and felt responsible for the hospital that Thomas abandoned and their & # 39; sincere & # 39; thoughts extended to the family.
Craighead said that although the circumstances cannot be remedied, the best thing the hospital can do is to prevent situations like Britney's ever recurring.
The Britney case is one of many investigations discovered by the Four Corner investigation team into the systemic failures of regional hospitals in Australia.
Latrobe Regional Hospital chief executive Peter Craighead (photo) was deeply concerned and apologized about the incident
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