A woman has been left with leaking hole in her stomach more than a year after an operation to remove a hernia.
Tracey McConnachie, 57, spent around seven months in hospital and says hardly anyone recognises her after losing so much weight.
She was sent home with her bowel ‘hanging out’ and says almost everything she eats and drinks leaks out of her.
Tracey went in for a routine operation at Nottingham City Hospital on June 12 last year, which was then delayed by four days.
Her bowel was ruptured during the operation due to a complication and was transferred to the Queen’s Medical Centre at the end of the month for further treatment.
Surgeons attempted corrective surgery before she was discharged at the end of 2018 with a stoma bag.
The former chef said: ‘I spent six or seven months at the Queen’s Medical Centre and I came home with a big hole in my stomach with my bowel hanging out.
‘It has been a nightmare. I have lost that much weight that no one recognises me.
‘Everything I eat and drink just comes out of me. I cannot go anywhere because it just leaks out of me.’
Mrs McConnachie was left in this state until June 20 this year, when she had another operation at the QMC.
But the procedure had to be halted after her heart stopped and she was placed into intensive care after being diagnosed with sepsis and pneumonia.
Tracey already had a stoma for her bladder, which she lost after undergoing around 50 operations for a hysterectomy in her 20s.
Tracey says she has ‘gone off life’, is now on antidepressants and has to sit up all night to stop her stoma from leaking.
Her husband of 30 years Peter McConnachie said he witnessed her lose ’10 stone in weight’.
The couple used to run a pub on the Isle of Wight before Mrs McConnachie became too ill to continue as a chef.
Peter said Tracey ‘cannot walk anywhere’ and is ‘no longer the same person anymore’.
He added: ‘It has really screwed her up mentally. People just stare and they do not know the full picture. It makes her feel useless and worthless.
‘But she is my wife and I will stand by her all the way.’
He said he’s hoping an upcoming reversal operation in November will go ahead without any problems.
He added: ‘Sixteen months after the original operation she is in a worse position now and everyone is wiping their hands of this incident.’
Mrs McConnachie added that her current consultant, Dr Abercrombie, had been ‘very helpful’.
Divisional director for surgery at Nottingham University Hospital Simon Parsons said: ‘We reiterate our apologies that Mrs McConnachie’s initial surgery was delayed by a day due to other clinically urgent emergency cases.
‘Mrs McConnachie’s surgery was very complicated and high risk, with her operation performed by a highly experienced surgical team.
‘Regrettably, a recognised complication occurred during surgery (as opposed to something going wrong), which was managed appropriately.
‘Mrs McConnachie has since had further surgery performed by one of our senior intestinal failure consultants, with her current situation remaining under review.
‘We contacted Mrs McConnachie on Friday to listen to her concerns following our initial written response to her complaint and are sorry to hear of her ongoing problems.’
Tracey has been offered a meeting with McConnachie at her convenience.