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Parents launch medical negligence claim

Parents launch medical negligence claim

The parents of a girl who died during a surgical procedure to remove her spleen are launching a medical negligence claim, the Oxford Mail reports.

Their decision to sue follows the conclusion of a coroner who ruled that Bethany Bowen had had a vital artery ruptured by a surgical instrument during the operation.

Her procedure had taken place in the John Radcliffe Hospital, run by the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.

The five-year-old began bleeding through a tear in her aorta and, despite attempts to resuscitate her, she died within an hour.

During the inquest, Gordon Mackinlay, consultant paediatrician at Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children, stated that the grasper and retractor instruments used in the operation had probably caused the damage.

A spokesman for the hospital's trust admitted legal liability and apologised for the operation's "terrible outcome".

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust is also responsible for the Churchill Hospital and the Horton General Hospital.