A woman who was left severely brain damaged following errors during surgery has received a £15.6 million pound settlement to fund the specialist care she will require for the rest of her life.
In 2012, the woman, then 19 years of age was undergoing surgery to remove abnormal blood vessels in the brain when staff at the Queen’s Hospital in Romford, did not spot a bleed.
The result of the error means that she now requires 24-hour care and suffers a number of physical and neurological problems, including mobility and sight issues as well as ongoing weakness in her limbs and fatigue.
Following her injury, her family sought legal advice and an investigation was launched into her care under the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The trust admitted liability and has agreed a settlement totalling £15,686,090, which was approved by the High Court earlier this Month.
The money will fund the specialist care and therapies the woman will require for the rest of the life and allow her to buy a specially adapted property. It will also compensate for the fact she will never be able to work again.
The woman’s family said: “Coming to terms with the events that happened during surgery have been incredibly difficult for everyone to come to terms with.
“All the family are relieved that this settlement now means that she will be able to try concentrate on the future and try and make the most of life.
Dr Magda Smith, chief medical officer at BHRUT, said: “We would like to again sincerely apologise and express our regret at the outcome of this young woman’s treatment with us in 2012.
“We set ourselves high standards and we acknowledge that on this occasion we fell short of those standards.
“We hope that the settlement which the Court has now approved will go some way towards meeting her care and other needs both now and into the future as well as recognising the enormous support she has received both from her parents and extended family and friends to date.