A seven-figure compensation sum has been awarded to a former paramedic on the grounds of clinical negligence.
John Tunney was left with severe disabilities due to errors made by a surgeon overseeing a biopsy on a brain tumour at the Walsgrave Hospital.
The wrong part of the 64-year-old's brain was removed by the professional during this procedure - which was later found to be unnecessary as the tumour was benign - and he now requires 24-hour care and is partially blind.
Mr Tunney subsequently took legal action against the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and the organisation has now accepted responsibility for this accident and agreed to grant him more than £1 million in an out-of-court settlement.
In addition, the General Medical Council has launched an investigation into why the surgeon in question made such a catastrophic blunder.
Pamela Tunney, the claimant's wife, commented: "I pray that they don't make this sort of error again and no other family has to experience seeing their husband suffer the pain and loss that John has."
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Posted by Francesca Witney