A WOMAN who has had seven operations by a breast surgeon said he was a “god” to her – until she learned she had never had a reason to go under the knife.
Butcher Ian Paterson performed botched or unnecessary surgeries on more than 1,000 patients for over 14 years.
Victims have now spoken out about their horror for a new ITV Doc after it was revealed some of his patients may have died as a result of his unnecessary work.
Carole Johnson said she believes her surgeries stopped breast cancer. She was devastated after learning all seven surgeries were unnecessary.
“He saved me from getting cancer,” she told the filmmakers.
“He was like God to me.”
Another patient, Nicky Craig, said the Birmingham-based consultant scared her into agreeing to surgery.
“He scared me all the time that I would have to keep going back to check-ups,” she said.
Paterson was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2017 after being convicted of 17 counts of willful intent and three counts of unlawful assault.
Jurors heard the paramedic, who lived in a £1.5million house and dined at Michelin-starred restaurants, unnecessarily mutilated nine women and one man.
Now a coroner is investigating whether 64-year-old Paterson, who was the chief chest doctor at NHS Solihull Hospital and worked privately for Spire, could have caused hundreds of deaths.
The doctor invented a “cleft-preserving” mastectomy technique.
The surgery left the breast tissue in place, which allowed the cancer to return in some sufferers.
Other patients had surgery they never needed. Some found out years later that they had never had cancer.
Mother-of-three Debbie Douglas underwent a partial mastectomy that saved 50 percent of her breast tissue, as well as seven months of aggressive chemotherapy and a gallbladder removal.
“I really want to know — how did he get away with it?” she said.
“How could he work for 20 years and harm people?”
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which now runs Solihull Hospital, said: “The Trust condemns Paterson’s actions between 1993 and 2011 and the actions, inaction, culture and poor governance surrounding decisions made by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, who we merged with in 2018, during that time.
He had saved me from getting cancer. He was like God to me
“Too many patients have been treated terribly by Paterson and we continue to do what we can to support them.”
Spire Healthcare said: “We apologize for the significant burden and harm suffered by patients treated by Ian Paterson at our hospitals.
“Spire has changed radically since 2011.
“Our culture, management and standards have been overhauled with safety and quality at the core of everything we do.
“Systems are in place to recruit, oversee and screen consultants and identify those whose practices may be of concern and we are able to take swift action.”
Bodies of Evidence: The Butcher Surgeon can be viewed on the ITV Hub.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/5548608/ian-paterson-butcher-surgeon-itv-cancer-prison/ I was cut open by butcher surgeon Ian Paterson who falsely told me I had cancer… I thought he was a god who saved me