30 April 2007
Woman wins amputation case
A woman has won an Appeal Court case in London after she had fingers amputated.
Irene Gouldsmith, of Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent, claimed that a surgeon's negligence had led to her losing the fingers of her left hand in October 1999.
A panel of judges ruled in favour of Ms Gouldsmith, 51, and decided that the surgeon at Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust had been negligent in failing send her for specialist treatment.
Ms Gouldsmith suffers from a rare blood condition and has stated that she should have been referred by the surgeon for specialist vascular treatment that could have prevented her fingers needing to be amputated.
Two out of three judges voted in the complainant's favour and she could now be in line for a large compensation payout from Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust.
An earlier judgement went in favour of the NHS trust, which has insisted that the surgeon in question was not responsible for the amputation but has agreed to pay Ms Gouldsmith's legal costs.