A 69-year-old pediatrician recently filed her medical malpractice lawsuit against the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) in which she alleges that medical negligence led to her inability to walk on her own and other substantial harm, including injury to her ureter and needing to have one of her kidneys removed. The NHS reportedly responded to the pediatrician’s medical malpractice lawsuit by admitting that medical errors have left her paralyzed.
The pediatrician had gone to the free health facility in London in late November 2012 where she had laparoscopic surgery to repair a rectal prolapse. The procedure apparently went well and she was discharged from the hospital in early December 2012. However, her condition was not fully resolved and she required additional medical treatment.
On December 19, 2013, the pediatrician had revision surgery performed (a key-hole rectopexy). When she awoke from the December 2013 surgery, she was in much pain and was unable to stand or walk. Her condition deteriorated to the point that she lost sensation in her left leg and lower back.
An MRI the following day showed that she had suffered an injury to her left femoral nerve that was caused by the surgeon operating in the wrong area. Despite the positive finding on the MRI, no attempt was made at that time to surgically address the femoral nerve damage, which may have lessened the extent of her disability.
By the time the pediatrician was discharged from the hospital the day before Christmas, she was using a wheelchair. Now, she uses “walking sticks” to ambulate.
Despite receiving an interim payment that will be used to help pay for rehabilitation and medical equipment made necessary due to the medical negligence, the pediatrician and NHS are reportedly continuing their efforts to arrive at a fair settlement of her medical malpractice claim.
The pediatrician recently stated, “This has changed my life completely and three years on I am still trying to come to terms with what has happened to me and what could have been done to prevent it or correct it before it was too late. My greatest wish now is that lessons can be learned from what has happened to me so that no one else has their life turned upside-down as I have. A fair settlement won’t change what has happened but it will help me get all the help I need to live as independently as possible as I continue to adjust to my disability.” The pediatrician has moved to Italy, to be close to her family.
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