Payout for victim of hospital errors

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A WOMAN who was twice failed by medics at Kettering General Hospital has received a compensation pay-out in London’s High Court and an apology.

Denise Barr Tomlin, now 23, received oxygen to treat acute breathing problems after she was born prematurely at the hospital in October 1988, her barrister, Jalil Asif, told the court.

But she suffered damage to her retina because she was given too much which resulted in her becoming blind.

Denise coped well with her loss of vision and was able to walk and read through Braille, but developed a gastric ailment when she was seven, the court heard.

She was re-admitted to the hospital in March 1996 but, over the next month, her lawyers claimed medics failed to diagnose and properly treat symptoms of severe adrenal failure resulting in her suffering two heart attacks in May 1996.

Although Denise was successfully revived, she was left with brain damage.

Through her mother, Karen Tomlin, formerly of Dresden Close, Corby, Denise sued the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority and the Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The trusts’ barrister, Simon Readhead, said both had admitted breach of duty in the case, and letters of apology had been sent to the family “for the shortcomings” in the care provided.

Judge Patrick Maloney QC approved a settlement on Monday, which has been kept confidential.

Following the hearing Denise’s solicitor, Jennifer Laskey, said: “The Tomlin family are very pleased to be able to have reached a satisfactory compromise of the claims relating to the negligence of the hospital involved in Denise’s case.

“They are pleased that her future is now secured.”

A spokesman for Kettering General Hospital declined to comment on the case.