24 August 2007
Medical negligence claim made
An East Sussex parent has begun legal action for compensation after a hospital allegedly failed to diagnose a medical condition.
Samuel Lovett suffered injuries, the details of which have not been made public, when doctors allegedly did not recognise and treat the symptoms of a blocked shunt during treatment in 2002.
A shunt is an inserted tube that carries fluids from the brain to other parts of the body for reabsorption.
The Hastings Observer reported that his father Marcus Lovett is claiming damages on his son's behalf of about £300,000 from East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.
The special tubes are often used to treat water on the brain, or hydrocephalus, which may result from a brain tumour, a blood clot, trauma or cerebral infection.
Recently, Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust settled a compensation claim for an undisclosed amount after doctors did not refer Philip Russell for a scan.
Mr Russell said it would have revealed his perforated appendix and consequently won damages for pain, suffering, loss of earnings and risk of future complications, according to the Hampshire Chronicle.