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NHS trust pays out £1m after woman suffers “terrible tragedy”

NHS trust pays out £1m after woman suffers “terrible tragedy”
Wye Valley NHS Trust have paid out £1 million after a woman suffered a "terrible tragedy" A YOUNG woman who remains in a minimally conscious state five years after being treated at Hereford County Hospital has won £1 million in NHS compensation. After suffering a chronic infection of her mouth and throat, the woman, then…

Wye Valley NHS Trust have paid out £1 million after a woman suffered a

Wye Valley NHS Trust have paid out £1 million after a woman suffered a “terrible tragedy”

A YOUNG woman who remains in a minimally conscious state five years after being treated at Hereford County Hospital has won £1 million in NHS compensation.

After suffering a chronic infection of her mouth and throat, the woman, then aged in her 20s, was admitted to the hospital in 2015, London’s High Court heard.

She was treated with anti-fungal medication but, after several days in hospital, she suffered a heart attack after choking on her vomit.

The result was devastating oxygen starvation and brain damage which left her in a minimally conscious state, said top judge, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing.

The woman’s lawyers claimed she should have been given antibiotics for a urinary tract infection and moved to the hospital’s critical care unit.

Her barrister, Henry Witcomb QC, argued that, had those steps been taken, her catastrophic injuries would have been avoided.

Wye Valley NHS Trust made “a limited admission of breach of duty” in relation to the way the woman was monitored at the hospital, but denied that made any difference to the tragic outcome and “hotly disputed” other allegations of clinical negligence.

Following negotiations, Mr Witcomb told the court that a £1 million lump sum settlement of the woman’s claim had been agreed.

NHS barrister David Evans QC said the case raised highly complex medical issues and emphasised that there had been no admission of liability by the trust.

There was, however, no doubting that the woman had suffered a “terrible tragedy” and was now “in a parlous state”.

The trust, he added, was pleased that a settlement had been reached and wished the woman and her parents well for the future.

Approving the settlement, the judge noted that the woman suffered from serious disabilities before she went into the hospital.

But she told her parents: “No amount of money can put right the fact that your daughter’s condition is now much, much worse than it was before she went into hospital.

“You have been visiting her every day, but you have lost many aspects of the daughter you knew and loved. That loss is incalculable.”

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