A teenage girl has been awarded millions of pounds in compensation after spinal surgery she received at Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire left her paralysed for life.
Laura May from Chorley can no longer move from the waist down due to the operation in 2005, which was intended to correct a curvature of the spine, the Lancashire Evening Post reports.
The settlement is thought to be in the region of £3 million - which includes one lump sum and a series of subsequent payments - and the money will be used to cover medical bills, future loss of earnings, equipment and accommodation.
It was demonstrated that orthopaedic surgeon Roger Battersby Smith had negligently misplaced a screw during the treatment and did not use an imaging technique before the operation began.
Karen Partington, chief executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - which was established in 2005 - said: "The trust sincerely regrets the injuries suffered by Laura May. We would like to express our best wishes to Laura and her family for the future."
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