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    Our client, Miss J, was admitted to hospital after an ectopic pregnancy ruptured her fallopian tube.  She was taken to theatre to have the ruptured tube and pregnancy removed, but during the surgery her aorta artery was severed.  The hospital failed to recognise this, and Miss J haemorrhaged so severely that she suffered a cardiac arrest, and suffered significant brain damage as a result. 

    Miss J, who was 22 at the time, attended the Hope Hospital in Salford, Manchester on two previous occasions, complaining of abdominal pain and fainting.  She was told this was normal as she was in the early stages of pregnancy.

    At the time she was admitted for the ruptured ectopic pregnancy she was 11 weeks pregnant.  She underwent a laparoscopic surgery to remove the fallopian tube which had ruptured (a salpingectomy).  During the surgery, the surgeon severed Miss J’s abdominal aorta artery four times, and she began to bleed uncontrollably.   The aorta is the large blood vessel taking blood from the heart into the rest of the body.  

    The surgeons called for a vascular surgeon to come and repair the artery whilst she was given blood transfusions to replace the blood she was losing.  However Miss J was haemorrhaging so heavily that she suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of the strain placed on her heart.  CPR was administered and the surgeons were able to get Miss J’s heart working again, but she had been starved of oxygen during that time and suffered severe hypoxic brain damage.

    Miss J was in a coma for several weeks.  When she finally regained consciousness she was unable to speak and was thought to have suffered complete hemiplegia.  She started a long and lengthy recovery in a neuro-rehabilitation unit before finally being able to go home 16 months after her surgery.

    Miss J’s speech has remained severely limited; she is unable to walk and is doubly incontinent.  As a result of her severe disability she is wheelchair bound, and requires daily care, from her family and carers, as she is unable to wash or dress herself.  Miss J has struggled both physical and emotionally as a result of her injury.  Miss J’s life expectancy has been greatly reduced.

    Fiona Mills and Graham Bell, specialist medical negligence lawyers acting for Miss J and her family, successfully obtained an out-of court settlement of £7.8 million to compensate Miss J for her pain and suffering and to pay for their future care needs.  As a result Miss J’s family where able to purchase a home which was adapted for Miss J’s care needs, as well as specialist wheelchairs and other equipment. 

    Miss J is also under the care of a Deputy at our firm, and our Court of Protection team has been involved in purchasing equipment for Miss J, and arranging her on-going therapy.

    Fiona Mills and Graham Bell specialise in brain injury and gynaecology cases.  If you would like to ask Fiona or Graham a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any clinical negligence, contact them at Thomson Snell & Passmore solicitors on 01892 701286 or 01892 701358 in confidence.

     

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