04 December 2009
Seven figure compensation payment agreed over medical errors
A compensation settlement worth seven figures has been agreed between a man who was left brain damaged after an operation and the medical centre responsible for his treatment.
In 2004, the 65-year-old patient, whose identification remains undisclosed for legal reasons, entered Epsom General Hospital to undergo cancer surgery.
Although the removal of the tumour was a success, he suffered oxygen starvation during the procedure and sustained brain damage as a result.
Medical staff failed to monitor him closely enough during the operation and did not realise he was suffering from problems with his breathing until it was too late.
As a result of the hypoxia, he has been left with serious disabilities and will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
During a recent High Court hearing, a claim was settled with Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, which is primarily responsible for providing care to people in the south-west London and north-east Surrey areas.
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