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Woman secures payout in alleged clinical negligence case

Woman secures payout in alleged clinical negligence case

A woman has secured compensation after her husband died following a routine hernia operation.

In an out-of-court settlement, Yvonne Clarke was awarded an undisclosed sum, although the doctor involved did not admit liability, the Daily Post reports.

In October 2005, her husband, Melvyn, went into Ysbyty Glan Clwyd - which is run by the Central Area of North Wales NHS Trust - to have the surgical procedure.

He was released the following day but began to feel unwell.

Mr Clarke went to his GP complaining of vomiting and stomach pains but was not referred to a specialist.

He was re-admitted to hospital on November 2nd and doctors performed further surgery to remove a serious blockage in his bowel.

Despite the operation, he died soon after.

According to Ms Clarke's legal team, he could have been saved if he had been referred to a specialist earlier.

Commenting on her husband's death, she said: "No amount of money will ever make up for losing my best friend. I would much rather have Melvyn back."