Mom, 58, Hangs Herself After Top Bowel Surgeon Removed Her Ovaries During Surgery Without Telling Her
A mother killed herself after a doctor removed her ovaries without her knowing during an operation, an inquest heard.
Lucinda Methuen-Campbell, from the village of Three Crosses, near Swansea, went in for surgery on a bowel disorder - but came out without her ovaries.
An inquest heard the surgeon told her later that her ovaries were taken out 'because they were in the way.'
Mrs Methuen-Campbell chose surgery at a private hospital performed by pioneering surgeon Tony Dixon in September 2016 after suffering years of pain.
She had a vaginal mesh inserted to help with the bowel disorder but it left her in agony.
The 58-year-old was later found hanged in her attic telling her ex-partner: 'There didn't seem to be a way out of the pain.'
Mr Dixon has built up an international reputation for using mesh to fix bowel problems which are often linked to childbirth - but is currently suspended from two hospitals in Bristol.
He is under investigation by the NHS which has referred him to the General Medical Council over the mesh procedures.
Mrs Methuen-Campbell's ex-partner Philip Chatfield, a sculptor, said: 'The pain continued to get worse and nobody seemed able to solve the problem.
Mr Dixon performed the operation in 2016 with the mesh but it was unsuccessful and caused her to be in agony.
'She had a follow-up operation which made things even worse.'
Mr Chatfield said that he had first met Mrs Methuen-Campbell when she was a English graduate and posed as a model for him.
The inquest heard their 19-year-old Angus called his father when he saw the attic ladder was down with the hatch open in January this year.
Mr Chatfield found his ex-partner hanged in the attic of her home.
Nearby was a message from Mrs Methuen-Campbell to her son saying: 'I’m sorry Angus, I love you, best son ever.'
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