Gallbladder surgeon admits leaving two patients with major injuries
Gallbladder surgeon admits leaving two patients with life-changing injuries after botching operations
- Dr Camilo Valero ‘severed his victims’ bile ducts while removing gallbladders’
- Patients Lucy Wilson, 35, and Paul Tooth, 65, both required corrective surgery
- Dr Valero’s fitness is being considered by Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service
A surgeon has admitted botching operations on two patients that left them with ‘life-changing’ injuries.
Dr Camilo Valero, believed to be in his 40s, severed his victims’ bile ducts while removing their gallbladders, a tribunal heard.
Lucy Wilson, 35, and Paul Tooth, 65, both required corrective surgery. Dr Valero’s fitness to work is now being considered by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Mrs Wilson went to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in 2020 for a routine operation to remove her gallbladder. But Bob Sastry, for the General Medical Council, said Dr Valero ‘misunderstood the anatomy’.
Doctor Camilo Valero who allegedly botched three gallbladder operations in five days, is now subject to a fitness to practice hearing by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service
She was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for 11-hour corrective surgery, the tribunal in Manchester heard, but has continued to suffer complications. In a 2021 interview she said she was receiving treatment for PTSD.
Charles Foster, representing the doctor, apologised on his behalf. Mr Tooth suffered ‘avoidable’ injuries following ‘similar failings’ days after Mrs Wilson, Mr Sastry said. He will need reconstructive surgery and a liver transplant in the future.
Dr Valero, who trained in Colombia and faces eight charges in total, is still allowed to perform gallbladder surgery under supervision after an interim tribunal in 2021.
Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has admitted liability for the errors in both cases. The tribunal continues.
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