23 May 2008
Family get cash in settlement in clinical negligence case
The children and widower of a woman who died in hospital as a result of acute peritonitis have been awarded £272,000 in a settlement with an NHS trust.
Marina Grimwood, a mother of three, had been suffering with the condition - which is an inflammation of the lining of the membrane which surrounds organs in the abdomen - prior to a holiday in Spain, the Bromley Times reports.
She had gone to her doctor with a sore throat and high temperature and had been put on antibiotics.
By the time the 39-year-old returned from the vacation, she was in such pain that she had to be rushed to hospital.
She died shortly afterwards in the intensive care unit at Croydon's Mayday Hospital - which is owned by Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust.
Approving the settlement, Ms Justice Dobbs said to Ms Grimwood's husband Nigel: "This was a tragic accident that leaves you with responsibility for the two children. I hope this award will go some way to making your life easier and please accept the good wishes of the court."
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