25 August 2010
Clinical negligence award for woman as a result of infection
A woman who was left house-bound for six months has been awarded clinical negligence compensation for her ordeal by St Helier Hospital.
According to the Sutton Guardian, Elizabeth Kane was admitted to the medical facility - which provides care for people across the south of England - for the birth of her son in December 2007 where doctors pushed swabs inside her to help curb the bleeding during the procedure.
Miss Kane told the news publication that a few days later she "was passing out, had constant headaches and was feeling sick" and had to return to hospital where it was discovered she had contracted an infection.
She was examined by professionals at the hospital, but she actually noticed the swab herself while in the bath some 13 days later.
The patient claims that the hospital lost count of the number of swabs used during the birth to make sure that none were missed, which resulted in her ordeal.
And some two-and-a-half years later, she is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Posted by Richard Saunders