Man claims nearly £14m in medical negligence case

A man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pursuing a claim for nearly £14 million personal injury compensation after an operation to donate on one of kidneys went terribly wrong.

The High Court in London was told that the man was a victim of medical negligence when he underwent an operation in February 2008 to donate his right kidney to his father. During the course of the operation he suffered irreversible failure to his left kidney and needed to receive a transplant from his sister.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust admitted liability on the basis that the surgeon was negligent and to a certain degree, reckless. The General Medical Council has already instigated proceedings against him.

The High Court is assessing the amount of compensation that should be paid out because the Trust is disputing some of the financial aspects of the personal injury claim; including substantial medical expenses and loss of future earnings.

The QC representing the victim, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel, explained to the court that he wanted to spare his father from further dialysis treatment and let him enjoy a better quality of life during retirement. The kidney donation was a success but her client suffered life-threatening haemorrhaging during the operation which has shortened his life by around 10 years.

Meanwhile, the headmaster of a school in Merseyside has been fined £20,000 for an act of folly that left a pupil with a fractured skull and permanent eye damage.

During celebrations at Scared Heart Catholic College, John Summerfield took some slightly inebriated students onto the roof and one of them fell through a skylight. The 65 year old head was also ordered to pay £22,000 in legal costs.

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