A Nottingham woman, who was left with cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen during a routine operation when she was a baby, has been awarded a six-figure settlement of medical malpractice compensation for a surgical error at London´s High Court.
Stacey Jayne Smith (24) was taken to Nottingham City Hospital in 1988 with a high temperature and doctors, suspecting gall stones, scheduled an operation to removed Stacey Jayne´s gall bladder. However, as Mr Justice Tugendhat at the High Court was told, during the operation Stacey Jayne´s bowel was punctured and she went into cardiac arrest.
Despite being resuscitated, Stacy Jayne´s heart had stopped beating and she suffered catastrophic brain injuries as a result. Stacey Jayne now suffers from cerebral palsy, had to cope throughout her childhood with severe learning difficulties and experiences problems with walking long distances.
Stacey Jayne´s parents took a hospital negligence claim against the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (EMSHA) who, after an investigation, acknowledged their error and agreed an undisclosed settlement of medical negligence compensation for surgical procedure error which is believe to be in six figures.
Approving the medical negligence settlement, Mr Justice Tugendhat said “I do express my sympathy to Stacey’s family and wish them all the best for the future. Stacey has been very fortunate in the support her family has given her, so lovingly, for so long.”