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Posted on 4th July 2018

Grieving Mother Receives Damages After Liver Surgery Death

A woman has received compensation for the death of her daughter. Her daughter, aged two, died a few months after having liver tumour surgery at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The mother argued that medics at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children failed to adequately inform her about the potential complications of the procedure and how to deal with them.

After the liver biopsy, the child had to be taken to medical facilities in Birmingham as she was suffering from internal bleeding. She later died from infections while she was preparing for a liver transplant. The parents allege that they were never told about the problems of internal bleeding and that it may not be controlled. The patient then had to be airlifted to hospital for treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital was described as excellent. However, when she was transferred back to Belfast, complications arose. Her wounds were not properly treated. This then caused infection and swelling in her stomach. The patient was placed on the liver transplant waiting list. However, the girl died before her scheduled surgery.

The parents believe that the biopsy should have been carried out at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as they had the expertise to deal with complications. Parents of the child instructed medical negligence solicitors to help ensure that other parents would not have to suffer in the same way.

As a result of the medical negligence case, the parents were awarded £45,000 compensation.

What Negligence Claimline say

For every operation is it essential to understand the risks and potential complications of the procedure thoroughly. Without full understanding, patients or guardians cannot sign their consent. With this in mind, all medical professionals need to clearly explain the procedure to the patient, parent or guardian.

If you have been let down because of an inadequate explanation of the risks of a procedure that leads to adverse effects; it could be your right to claim. Tell Negligence Claimline your story for a free 24-hour claims assessment.