Husband devastated as wedding ring lost during surgery

By Charlotte Callear | Walsall | Health | Published:

A newly-married man has been left ‘devastated’ after his ring went missing during surgery in Walsall Manor Hospital.

Walsall Manor Hospital, where the ring was lost

Richard Deeming, aged 39, from Bloxwich, went in for surgery on his shoulder on April 13 with his £1,200 wedding ring on his finger.

He left operating theatre with nothing on his finger, only to be told it had been put on a piece of cardboard and lost.

He had married his wife, Hayley, 34, only three months before during a ceremony in Scotland.

He said: “I asked if I could wear my ring in surgery and they said it was fine.

“But when I left and it was not on my finger, no-one mentioned to me that it had been taken off.

“We noticed it was missing when my wife woke me up and changed my dressing.

"When we asked the hospital what happened to it they turned around and said I must have taken it off and not realised when I was under anaesthetic.

“Then they said it was cut off but when we went to get it, they admitted it was taken on in the operating theatre and put on a piece of cardboard and they could not find it.


“It could be anywhere right now, it could be in the trash.

“I am devastated they did not tell me they took it off.”

The couple enjoyed an intimate ceremony in Scotland with their family and two children, Reese, 12, and Ronni Deeming, seven.

Mr Deeming said he was going to pay for another ring and travel back to Scotland to get it blessed again.


He said: “We went to Scotland to get married and it was a nice and intimate affair but now the sentiment is gone. My wife said her vows to that ring and now it is gone.

“We will have to pay for the ring and go back to Scotland to get it blessed or else it is just a piece of metal. My wife is ill because of the stress of it all.”

A spokesman for the trust said: “The trust has undertaken an initial investigation into the loss of the ring and fed back the outcome to Mr and Mrs Deeming.

“We apologise for the worry this is causing the couple and aim to resolve it as quickly as possible.”

Charlotte Callear

By Charlotte Callear

Reporter based at the Express & Star's Wolverhampton head office


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