Mrs Goss suffered another blow when she found out that she had been identified as one of 57 patients who were given the initial surgery inappropriately, without the exploration of alternative treatments.
This news, coupled with a complete loss of trust in healthcare professionals, saw her seek out a new opinion from private specialists in London. The new specialists took her seriously and began to look at her options, which included the removal of the surgical mesh, the cause of all the pain.
In the end, due to difficulties caused by the initial surgery at Southmead General Hospital, Mrs Goss had to undergo a further five serious operations in a space of 10 months, which culminated in a total abdominal reconstruction.
She is still traumatised by her ordeal and hasn’t been able to work as a taxi driver since 2018.
She said: “I am in constant pain in my lower back and I have a large scar from my breasts to my pubic bone, but I am a fighter, and I will not give in. I am one of the strong ones. Worryingly, I know of others in my position who are really struggling with anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of what they have been through.
“You trust doctors. They have a duty of care and they take an oath. I look back now and wonder how I believed what they said. My level of trust is now on the floor.”
By chance, Mrs Goss saw another rectopexy mesh patient represented by Thompsons on television. She realised that her symptoms were nearly identical and contacted Thompsons to investigate a claim on her behalf. She is also the founding member of a support group called ‘Rectopexy Mesh Victims and Support.’
Madeleine Pinschof of Thompsons Solicitors, who is supporting Mrs Goss in her legal claim, said: “Like so many others, Paula trusted her surgeon. But that trust was betrayed with devastating consequences.
“We are pursuing claims for more than 400 hundred mesh-injured women and men, but there are thousands more who trusted their surgeons and were also injured through no fault of their own. We can’t take their pain or suffering away, but what we can do is help hold those responsible to account and, in turn, help prevent others from experiencing such a horrific ordeal.”