An “extraordinarily brave” girl who had all four limbs amputated after being mistakenly discharged from hospital has had a multimillion-pound settlement approved by a judge.
Lawyers said the High Court in London approved a settlement of around £39m after the child, who cannot be identified, was taken to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey with a “red flag” for meningitis and sepsis”.
After being discharged from the hospital and given paracetamol for symptoms including high fever and drowsiness, lawyers say it was not until she was returned to A&E with a rash and fever that she was diagnosed. have a meningococcal infection.
The young girl was transferred to another hospital, where she suffered multiple organ failure and subsequently had both legs amputated above the knee and both arms above the elbows.
She has also undergone several other procedures, including skin grafts, to treat the infection.
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has admitted liability after the family filed a claim against it, arguing the child would have avoided amputation and would not have been so seriously ill with emergency treatment. with antibiotics.
What is a meningococcal infection and what are the symptoms?
According to the NHS, meningococcal sepsis, also known as sepsis, is a type of blood poisoning caused by meningococcal disease.
In some individuals, pathogenic bacteria enter the bloodstream, they multiply and produce toxins.
Babies and young children are at higher risk of meningitis and sepsis because their immune systems are not fully developed.
Symptoms of meningitis may include: severe headache and stiff neck, dislike of bright light and drowsiness, poor reaction or emptiness. Your baby may hold stiff, jerky movements, or feel floppy.
Symptoms of sepsis can include: a rash anywhere on the body that is either not pale or sometimes red, cold hands and feet, fast or irregular breathing.
Judge Caspar Glyn KC “didn’t hesitate” to approve the settlement, which would be paid in one installment and the rest annually for the rest of her life.
The family’s senior attorney, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC, described the incident as “very sad”, who added that the child had significant scars on his body.
Ms Gumbel said: ‘She is an incredibly brave little girl who is trying to do well in school.
In a letter to the child’s parents, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Neil Dardis apologized and added that her care was “well below the standard (to which she) is entitled to” expected” and she should not have been discharged.
Bradley Martin KC, representing the trust, added: “No amount of money can really make up for (her) injuries.
“She will have access to the care and technology she needs. It’s quite remarkable that despite her injuries she has such potential.”