14 March 2007
Family of woman killed by septicaemia wins £600,000
The husband of a woman who died from an infection after giving birth has been awarded £600,000 compensation after two hospitals accepted liability for her death.
Jessica Palmer gave birth to her daughter in 2004 at Kingston Hospital, after which she was discharged.
However, despite tell-tale symptoms such as a fast pulse and low blood pressure, the midwife failed to diagnose septicaemia.
Five days after giving birth Ms Palmer was admitted to St George's Hospital, in Tooting, but by then it was too late to prevent her death from multiple organ failure.
Robert Wilson, solicitor for the trusts, said "Inevitably, this has led to a great deal of soul-searching and I would particularly like to convey the profound regret of all the clinicians and staff involved in her care.
"Of course, they recognise that the family has to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives and an apology is of scant help in these circumstances, but it is sincerely offered."
The settlement for her husband Ben Palmer includes provision of £23,667 for each of Ms Palmer's two children.