Man wins seven-year fight to prove medical negligence
A man has won a seven-year fight to get a hospital to admit to medical negligence, following the death of his wife.
Alison Taylor, 29, died just 16 days after giving birth to her daughter from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis, known as DVT, in one of her legs caused by her pregnancy.
The inquest into her death heard that Mrs Taylor collapsed and was taken to hospital. The coroner said that if a scan was performed at this point it might have saved her life.
The inquest heard that during the 16 days following the birth of her child, Mrs Taylor was seen by four midwives, a hospital doctor, her family GP and a trainee GP.
Five days after giving birth she was referred to Leicester Royal Infirmary, however the doctor she saw did not follow guidelines on how to investigate suspected DVT, and as it was a Saturday ultrasound scans were not provided.
Hospital bosses have apologised and said that changes have been introduced because of what happened to Mrs Taylor.
In a statement, Mehmooda Duke, of Moosa-Duke Solicitors, said: "Mrs Taylor was a victim of medical negligence - after her death her family continued to be victims of the hospital's refusal to admit that they caused Mrs Taylor's death."
She added: "After a long and weary legal battle for justice, the hospital finally admitted that its failure to do a blood test, and perform a scan resulted in Alison's death.
"Had a scan been done on March 22, 2010, it would have shown the DVT and a fatal pulmonary embolism would have been avoided.
"Mr Taylor hopes that no other family have to endure what he and his children have been through."
Ian Scudmore, consultant obstetrician and clinical director for women’s and children’s services at Leicester’s hospitals said: "DVTs are very difficult to diagnose clinically and Alison was considered at low risk of developing a DVT.
"However, there were opportunities during her care to carry out investigations and start treatment that may have resulted in a different outcome for Alison.
"While no amount of money will make up for the loss of Alison, we do however hope that the settlement will bring some security to Mr Taylor and their three children."
He continued: "In reviewing the care provided to Alison it has highlighted changes that were necessary to improve the diagnosis of, and treatment for, DVT related to pregnancy.
"As part of these changes we have improved our guidelines and the service has been extended to allow doctors access to ultrasound scans at the weekend should they suspect a DVT."
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