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Widowed man wins compensation after wife dies during childbirth

Widowed man wins compensation after wife dies during childbirth

A man who was left widowed after his wife died during childbirth has won £700,000 in compensation.

Helen Harding, who was 36 at the time, had been admitted to Mayday Hospital in Croydon in 2002 where she gave birth to triplets, Madelaine, Daniel and Rhianna.

However, during the delivery she suffered a perforated bowel from which she died six weeks later.

Mr Harding told the BBC that his children "inspire me through thick and thin".

"If only Helen were here to join in those inspirations too and to cherish the experience she yearned for - of being a mum," he added.

News of the case follows the claim that the NHS paid out £260 million last year to patients for cases related to maternity negligence, which was made on BBC One's Panorama programme.

The programme also claimed that more complaints related to child birth are filed in Britain than in any other country in western Europe.