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Home » Latest News » Surgical Negligence Results in Loss of Lung and Need for Ongoing Care

Surgical Negligence Results in Loss of Lung and Need for Ongoing Care

Surgical Negligence Results in Loss of Lung and Need for Ongoing Care

In 2014 our client, Allison Fine underwent surgery, sadly due to surgical negligence this resulted in an error leaving Allison with ongoing care needs, we have secured a settlement as compensation.

In August 2014 Allison Fine underwent surgery to remove part of her oesophagus to help improve a longstanding medical condition which caused difficulties with swallowing. 

During surgery Allison’s right lung was deflated and at the end of surgery was reinflated. Following surgery Allison experienced significant breathing difficulties and a number of CT scans were performed to try and get to the bottom of why her condition was not improving.

It was eventually concluded that Allison may in fact be suffering from a lung torsion as it was found that her reinflated lung had twisted and had to be removed. Following surgery to remove her twisted lung she had to endure further surgery whereby she required muscle tissue to be taken from her thigh in order to repair the damage caused to the muscle / tissue in her chest cavity.

Allison has been left with significant breathing difficulties, restricted mobility, extensive scarring, psychological injury and extensive care needs.

Bridge McFarland LLP represented Allison and in October 2017 alleged that the operation in August 2014 was performed negligently and also that there was a failure to properly identify a number of concerning features on a subsequent CT scan

Liability was initially denied by the Trust who later accepted that there was a failure to identify impairment of blood supply in the CT scan performed on day one after surgery but denied that torsion should have been recognised. The Trust apologised for this error.

Whilst the outcome can’t change for Allison it is hoped that recognition of this error will help prevent other people having to go through the same unnecessary trauma and be left with the ongoing care and other needs that Allison has

The Trust have awarded Allison in excess of £500,000.00 and it is hoped this settlement sum will go some way towards helping Allison to get her life back on track and ensure she has the required care.
Bridge McFarland LLP Partner Chris Gresswell-Green, who represented Allison said that whilst it is heart-breaking to see someone experience such a ruination of their life it is rewarding to be able to see a client receive an acknowledgement from the Trust that they made a mistake and financial compensation to provide her with support for the challenges she now faces.
 

Allison spoke on BBC East Midlands News Today to share her story, with Chris also highlighting issues, click here to view.