NHS blunder costs £8 million

Posted: 22nd May 2015

SurgeryLawyers representing a woman whose heart was punctured during an operation to deal with complications arising from an ectopic pregnancy have achieved an £8 million settlement of her claim against the NHS.

The hairdresser was aged 22 when she underwent the operation, during which one of the chambers of her heart was accidentally pierced. That caused her heart to stop and her circulation to collapse, leading to permanent brain damage. Requiring 24-hour care, she will never work again and is dependent on a wheelchair. However, she remains cheerful, has a good sense of humour and greatly enjoys outings with family and friends.

The NHS trust which managed the hospital admitted full liability for her injuries and apologised to her in open court. It agreed to pay her a £2 million lump sum, plus index-linked and tax-free annual payments to cover the costs of her care for life. The High Court approved the settlement, which was valued at £8 million in total.