Jonathan Herbert, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £23,000 for a woman who suffered from severe angina, haemathorax and requiring a second coronary heart bypass after negligence during her first surgery.
The claimant in this medical negligence claim was a 52 year old woman who was admitted to Maidstone Hospital with shortness of breath and chest pain radiating down her left arm. She was diagnosed as having suffered a heart attack and having heart disease.
She was referred to St Thomas’ Hospital for a triple coronary artery bypass on her heart. She underwent the surgery and grafts were taken from the claimant’s leg to perform the procedure.
After the surgery the claimant continued to suffer with chest pain. She was limited in her activities at work and could only walk a limited distance without severe angina pain.
She was seen for a follow up appointment two months after the surgery she told the consultant that she was still experiencing pain and using her angina spray for relief. She had still not returned to work and her activities remained limited. She was told she could return to work.
Following her return to work the claimant continued to suffer from chest pain and similar symptoms to those she had pre-surgery.
Around 5 months after her surgery the claimant was admitted to hospital with chest pain. She was referred for a myocardial perfusion scan to check the heart.
Within the next two months she underwent the scan and was informed this had been positive and she needed to undergo an angiogram. The claimant was re-admitted to hospital with severe chest pain and required cardiac catheterisation which showed impaired left ventricle function (functioning at 30-40%) with all three grafts from the previous surgery obstructed. Over the coming months further tests were performed and it was felt that all the vein grafts had failed. It was thought that a re-do coronary artery bypass surgery was needed as it was likely as her grafts and most of her coronary arteries were blocked.
The second operation took place 16 months after the initial surgery. During the operation it was noted that one of the main coronary artery had been blocked by the previous surgeon at the point at which the graft is stitched on to the new artery. Additionally there was considerable narrowing throughout this section.
The surgeon had also stitched one of the vein grafts to a cardiac vein rather than to a coronary artery.
Following the 2nd surgery the claimant was treated for haemathorax (blood collecting in the chest cavity). She experienced severe pain and was treated in the High Dependancy Unit for a prolonged period of time.
Jonathan Herbert, acting for the claimant, successfully negotiated a settlement of £23,000 to compensate the claimant for her pain and suffering.
Jonathan Herbert specialises in cardiology cases. If you would like to ask Jonathan a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, contact him on 01892 701226 in confidence.