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18/05/2012

Man compensated more than £1m following hospital blunder

A retired paramedic has been awarded more than one million pounds in medical negligence compensation after medics mistakenly removed a healthy part of his brain during surgery.

The 63-year-old from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands had been admitted to the Walsgrave Hospital, in Coventry after suffering with suspected thyroid problems.

However during a biopsy on his pituitary gland, the surgeons removed a healthy part of his brain instead of part of the tumor, causing him to suffer a brain haemorrhage.

As a result of the blunder which caused his brain injury the man is now severely disabled and requires around-the-clock care.

With the help of his family, the man has launched a claim for medical negligence compensation against the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, after it was later discovered that the biopsy he endured was unnecessary.

Had doctors checked the results of an earlier blood test, they would have noticed that the patient was actually suffering from prolactinoma, a condition that is benign and can be treated with medication.

The NHS Trust has since admitted liability for the incident and the claimant has been awarded a seven-figure sum in medical negligence compensation.

 

 
 
 
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