Misdiagnosis may lead to seven-figure payout

A young girl has won her claim for medical negligence after being wrongly diagnosed as suffering from viral tonsillitis.

The girl, who is now aged six, sustained serious brain damage after a trainee doctor at a Wrexham hospital misdiagnosed her pneumococcal meningitis when she was just nine months old. As a result, vital treatment was delayed.

To make matters worse, when her parents requested a second opinion, the doctor said he had already asked the advice of his superiors. The young child was discharged, but then later re-admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with meningitis. She was then transferred to Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital for specialist treatment.

Pneumococcal meningitis can be fatal. The disease causes the spinal cord and brain to undergo inflammation and swelling. As well as having her life expectancy reduced, the young girl now has severe epilepsy and chronic lung disease and is both deaf and blind.

Personal injury solicitors expect the eventually payout to be in seven figures. Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board has already accepted 75% liability for her injuries.

The child’s father says he wants to be sure that lessons have been learnt from this tragedy, to make sure no other family has to suffer the pain and anguish of a similar case of misdiagnosis. He explained that his daughter’s life expectancy has reduced immeasurably and the family has had to spend the last six years fighting with the health board.

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