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Teenager to receive compensation over surgical mistakes

Teenager to receive compensation over surgical mistakes

A teenager left paralysed due to mistakes made by a surgeon who operated on her spine is to receive compensation.

Five years ago, Laura May went to the Royal Preston Hospital to have an operation to correct a curvature of her spine, the Chorley Guardian reports.

Last year, it was ruled that surgeon Roger Smith, who performed the procedure, had been negligent in failing to use a particular technique and had misplaced a screw during the operation.

The hospital - which is run by the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - had planned to appeal the decision.

However, it has dropped this idea and will thus pay Ms May - who is now 16 - compensation to cover the cost of her care for the rest of her life.

Her mother, Christine, said: "We did not launch this action for the money - we did it because the surgeon did not use the right equipment which led to Laura being paralysed."

A spokesman for trust - which was created in April 2005 - noted that the level of money to be offered is currently under discussion.