27 August 2010
Man seeks clinical negligence compensation after amputation
A man is seeking a clinical negligence compensation settlement after claiming that he lost part of his leg because he was allowed to leave hospital unattended.
Mark Currie was being treated for schizophrenia at Edith Cavell Hospital in summer 2006 when he was granted a request for two days' leave away from the institution, according to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.
However, during his time out of the hospital in Cambridgeshire, Mr Currie overdosed on drugs and consequently slipped into a coma.
He the developed compartment syndrome as a result of lying all night on his leg while in a comatose state, causing renal failure through a build up of pressure in his muscles, the publication continued.
Despite the fact that Mr Currie was then treated for his injuries at the hospital the following day, medical professionals were not able to save the lower part of his left leg, meaning it had to be amputated.
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Posted by Richard Saunders