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Compensation awarded after heart op blunder

Compensation awarded after heart op blunder

Substantial clinical negligence compensation has been granted after a heart operation went wrong.

Steve Edwards underwent surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 2008 to help cure an irregular heartbeat, but it then emerged that professionals at the institution had operated on the wrong side of the organ.

The 51-year-old subsequently needed to have a pacemaker fitted and has now been awarded a six-figure sum in damages from the University Hospitals Briston NHS Trust after it accepted liability.

During the procedure, a radio pulse was applied to the incorrect part of Mr Edwards' heart and, after three attempts at correcting the issue, it has still not been resolved, meaning he was deemed entitled to damages.

He told the BBC he was only told of the error in an outpatients appointment some ten weeks after the initial operation.

"I was really concerned that the mistake hadn't been admitted to me from the start," he added.

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Posted by Chris Stevenson