A young man claims he woke up in the middle of an operation
because he was given an incorrect dose of anaesthetic.
Fenn Settle, from Bradford, England, alleges that a foreign
nurse who spoke ‘little English’ caused him to wake up during his ruptured
According to Daily
the 25-year-old says the nurse at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary had incorrectly
written down his weight, which led to doctors giving him too little general
In a desperate attempt to get medics attention, Fenn tried
blinking and wiggling his fingers and toes to alert them that he was awake.
The British native, recalls feeling a sharp stabbing pain
in his abdomen and thought he was choking ‘to death’ by a tube that was
inserted down his throat, reports Metro
“I went down for surgery and everything was fine, I was put
under but came round and felt like I had a bottle cap in my throat,” says Fenn.
“I thought I was going to die and tried to hold my breath
so I would pass out quicker. I then realised I could hear voices, the beep of
the machines and a stabbing pressure on my abdomen.
“I was able to figure out what was going on and that I was
still in the operation. I couldn’t move, I was paralysed. I tried to open my
eyes, scream, and wiggle my fingers and toes.”
Fenn claims he was forced to urinate on the operating table
to get the attention of medics, who wasn’t at all aware that he was conscious.
“I was willing any part of me to do something. I made the
conscious decision to urinate, it was the only thing I could do,” he says.
After his operation, Fenn told nurses that he remembered
what had just happened to him, but they stated that it was ‘just a dream’.
"The next morning I was seen by a doctor who said,
'I'm aware you had some awareness of the operation' but said whatever you do
don't google it because I would scare myself.
"Obviously, I immediately looked up what anaesthesia
awareness was and found it may be down to medical negligence,” he says.
According to Mirror
the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation
Trust has since issued an official apology to Fenn and have compensated him in
an out-of-court settlement.
"We are genuinely sorry that Mr Settle's experience
was not to the standard which we would wish to deliver to our patients,” said Chief
Nurse Brendan Brown.
"Whilst Mr Settle was fully anaesthetised during his
procedure, we have completed a full investigation into the circumstances around
his sedation and anaesthetic prior to his surgery starting, and shared findings
and learning with our teams.
"With the settlement now agreed I would again take the
opportunity to again apologise to Mr Settle."
A week after the traumatising operation, Fenn returned to
work but has since suffered from post-traumatic stress and flashbacks.
"There was one night when my other half arrived home
and I was just sobbing and didn't know who I was,” he says.
"The hospital was denying it and I knew that it had
happened, I thought I was going mental."
Sources: mirror.co.uk, metro.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk