01 September 2011
Clinical negligence compensation set to be awarded
Clinical negligence compensation is set to be awarded to a teenager after a hospital admitted liability for her life-changing injuries sustained during a routine operation.
Sophie Tyler, now aged 17, underwent an apparently simple surgical procedure to remove a gall stone three years ago at Birmingham Children's Hospital but, due to errors made by medical professionals there, was left paralysed from the waist down.
The youngster's spinal cord was permanently damaged after an epidural administered prior to the operation was not removed for two days afterwards.
She became aware something was wrong when both of her legs started to go numb just a day after the procedure.
Sophie told BBC Wales she was depressed when she found out about her paralysis and added: "It's so undignified having to ask for help all the time, it's horrible."
Recently, damages of £6.6 million were awarded to seven-year-old Leo Whitem following complications at his birth.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson
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