Clinical negligence compensation is set to be awarded to a woman left paralysed following mistakes made by medical professionals during surgery.
Rebecca Ling is now paralysed from the neck down after she underwent an operation at London's Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in 2006 that was intended to correct a curvature of her spine.
Errors were made by doctors during this procedure and, as a result, Ms Ling - who is now 20-years-old - requires 24-hour care and cannot breathe without the assistance of a ventilator.
Following her operation, Ms Ling's parents Julia and Andy took legal action against the RNOH NHS Trust and the High Court has now ruled the hospital was responsible, potentially paving the way for a multi-million pound settlement.
Julia Ling said this matter has been "absolutely devastating" for her family and explained that prior to the accident, her daughter was a "happy, active child who lived a full life".
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Posted by Francesca Witney