Girl who had limbs amputated after hospital mistake wins seven-figure payout

Girl who had limbs amputated after hospital mistake wins seven-figure payout

A girl who had all four limbs amputated after she was mistakenly discharged from hospital has won a multi-million dollar payout.

The boy was taken to the emergency department at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey and showed “red flags of meningitis and sepsis”, including a high temperature, rapid heart rate, leg pain, drowsiness and vomiting.

Despite the warning signs, she was prescribed paracetamol and was released from the hospital. A few hours later, her parents took her back to the ER after she developed a rash and fever and was diagnosed with meningococcal sepsis.

The girl was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit of a neighboring hospital where she suffered multi-organ failure and required several procedures to treat her infection, including a skin graft.

But the infection spread and he had to undergo amputations of both legs above the knee and amputations of his arms above the elbow.

His family later filed a claim against the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, claiming that if he had received emergency treatment, he could have prevented the amputations.

The trust admitted its liability at a hearing in London’s High Court on Friday. Judge Caspar Glyn KC approved the deal, which totaled around £39m, to be paid partly in a lump sum, with the remainder to be issued in annual payments for the rest of the girl’s life.

“Money can’t bring your daughter back, but it can secure her future,” Judge Glyn told the family.

Part of a letter written by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Neil Dardis to the patient’s parents was read to the court. Mr. Dardis apologized and admitted that his care “fell below standard.” [the girl] I had the right to wait.” He agreed that she should not have been discharged.

Data published by NHS Resolution in January 2023 found that the NHS compensates two patients a week for the loss of a limb following negligence of care.

In the past five years, 605 patients have won such claims, with payments totaling £189 million. The average claim totaling £300,000.

There were a further 314 successful claims in which a patient claimed poor care led to loss of sight, with compensation payments of this nature totaling £80 million. The average level of compensation stands at £255,000.

Deborah Nadel, of the Fieldfisher law firm who represented the family, said: “This child’s serious injuries and disabilities were completely preventable with proper care.

“All the warning signs of meningitis and sepsis were there for doctors to see. There are specific protocols for treating these diseases to protect patients and doctors, but they only work if they are followed.”

“The settlement will help provide the girl with the equipment, therapy and supports she needs and help her live her fullest life, despite what happened to her. She is brave and determined.”

A spokesman for the NHS Trust told the Press Association: “We are very sorry for the claimant’s injuries and understand that no amount of money can fully compensate them.

“However, we are pleased that the settlement has been approved and hope that the agreed damages will ensure that the plaintiff can live as independently as possible in the future.”

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