18 November 2009
Misdiagnosis 'may lead to negligence claim'
The misdiagnosis of a 29-year-old man which led to his death just a few hours after his discharge from hospital may result in a court case against the trust in question.
Doctors at Leicester Royal Infirmary failed to judge Nitesh Sharma's symptoms of stomach pains, diarrhoea and vomiting correctly and sent him home, having told him he was suffering from gastroenteritis, This Is Leicester reports.
This decision has prompted widow Hiral Sharma, 27, to consider legal action as, less than 24 hours after being seen by physicians, Mr Sharma suffered a heart attack and multiple organ failure.
Consultant general surgeon David Hemingway, who operated on Mr Sharma when he was brought back into hospital, remarked that - had the surgery occurred before the heart attack - he would have had a 95 per cent chance of survival.
A spokesman for the hospital, which can house over 1,000 patients and is Leicestershire's only accident and emergency service, as well as its children's hospital, remarked that the trust expresses "its sincere condolences" to Mr Sharma's family.
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