13 August 2010
Boy awarded £50k medical negligence compensation
A young boy has been awarded a five-figure compensation amount after a medical error in hospital led to him being forced to have his right eye removed.
Harvey Dellar of Northampton had his cancer diagnosis at Northampton General Hospital delayed in 2008 after he was referred to the institution by an optician after his troublesome eye was examined.
However, Harvey, who is now three-years-old, eventually had to suffer from partial blindness due to an administrative error which caused his appointment with a doctor to be put back.
By the time the boy was seen by a medical professional, the cancer in his eye had spread, leaving surgeons with no choice but to remove it.
In a statement, Caroline Haywood, Harvey's mother, stated her belief that earlier diagnosis may have "avoided the need for an artificial eye in the future.
The Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports that the case resulted in £50,000 compensation being awarded for medical negligence.
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