Clinical negligence compensation of £1 million has been awarded to a pair of teenagers after they underwent heart surgery as children.
Jessica Johnson and Kristian Dixon have won sums of £500,000 each as it has been ruled that the former - now 18 years of age - sustained brain damage as a result of mistakes made during procedures at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in the mid-1990s, while the latter underwent surgery at the same establishment in 1992 and now has learning difficulties.
Mr Dixon, who is now 19-years-old, believes that his illness was a direct consequence of the operation he had as a 16-month-old child and Mr Justice Owen has now approved both parties applications for damages after a hearing at the High Court.
The University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust - which employs 7,900 members of staff - accepted the settlements without admitting liability for these health issues incurred by the patients of one of its institutions.
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Posted by Richard Saunders