Woman sues HSE after ovary removal op
A woman who had her ovary removed as a protective measure against cancer has brought a legal action for damages against the HSE over her care.
Karen Lucey (49), a special needs assistant of Allmans Terrace, Killarney, Co Kerry, had further surgeries as a result of pain, the High Court heard.
Ms Lucey had the ovary removal procedure at Cork University Hospital on November 30, 2011, and was admitted to Kerry General Hospital the following December 18.
Ms Lucey said that at Kerry General she was in agony and told a doctor: "If something is not done, I am going to die."
Counsel for Ms Lucey, Dr John O'Mahony, said her mother had died of cancer at 36 years of age and Ms Lucey herself had previously had breast cancer.
Her abdomen, he said, was opened twice and her appendix removed unnecessarily.
Ms Lucey has sued the HSE, which admitted liability.
The case, which is before the court for assessment of damages only, continues before Mr Justice Bernard Barton.