woman treated by one of Britain’s best known surgeons killed herself after the doctor, who is under investigation by the NHS, removed her ovaries during an operation because “they were getting in the way”.
Anthony Dixon, who built up an international reputation for using mesh to fix bowel problems, saw Lucinda Methuen-Campbell, 58, at a private hospital in 2016 regarding a bowel disorder.
Dr Dixon, who has been suspended from two hospitals in Bristol, allegedly told Mrs Methuen-Campbell that he removed her ovaries during the surgery “because they were in the way”.
Mrs Methuen-Campbell had a vaginal mesh implant inserted to help with a bowel disorder but it left her in agony.
She was later found hanged in her attic having told her ex partner: “There didn’t seem to be a way out of the pain.”
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.”
The couple first met when Mrs Methuen-Campbell posed as a model for him. The couple later went on to have a son, Angus, 19.
In an interview with the BBC after the operation in 2016, Mrs Methuen-Campbell claimed she had not consented to her ovaries being removed during consultations at The Spire Hospital in Bristol.
She said that the removal was never mentioned before the surgery, and if it had she would have been “vaguely prepared”.
She said at the time: “He said he thought he’d done me a favour. And he said: ‘I thought you know, a woman of your age wouldn’t really need her ovaries.’
“I said ‘Why did you remove them?’ and he just said ‘They were in the way’.”
“My life is absolutely ruined but you know, I can’t say that it’s Mr Dixon’s ruined my life.”
In January this year, Angus called his father after discovering the attic ladder was down and the hatch open.
Mr Chatfield found his ex-partner hanged in the attic of her home in the village of Three Crosses, near Swansea.
Nearby was a message from Mrs Methuen-Campbell to her son which read: “I’m sorry Angus, I love you, best son ever”.
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