Girl Who Had All Her Limbs Amputated After NHS Mistake Wins £39,000,000 Payout
30 Jan 2023
A girl who had all her limbs amputated after an NHS mistake, has been awarded £39m.
After exhibiting the ‘red flags for meningitis and sepsis’ including a high fever, drowsiness and vomiting the young girl was taken to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.
However, erroneously doctors discharged her after just giving her paracetamol.
Hours later her parents returned to the hospital when her condition worsened, and doctors correctly diagnosed her with meningococcal sepsis. She later experienced multi-organ failure.
The girl was then had to have above-knee amputations of both legs, and above-elbow amputations on both arms.
Deborah Nadel, the family’s lawyer, described her injuries and subsequent disabilities as “completely avoidable with proper care.”
The hospital trust admitted liability at the High Court in London on Friday.
A spokesperson for the NHS trust told the BBC: “We are very sorry for the claimant’s injuries, and we understand no amount of money can fully compensate for them,”
“However, we are pleased that the settlement has been approved, and we hope the agreed damages will ensure that the claimant can live as independently as possible in the future.”