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Family awarded compensation for operation leading to mother’s death

Posted in: Head & Brain Injuries Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

The family of a woman who suffered a severe brain injury in hospital has been awarded compensation for their suffering. 62-year-old Margaret Parsons was being treated in the University Hospital of Wales for coronary heart disease when the incident happened. Following her heart surgery, Mrs Parsons complained of breathing difficulties because of phlegm in her throat. Hospital staff failed to recognise this as a cause for concern.

It was found that as a result of staff failing to clear the mucus from her airways, her airways became obstructed. She then suffered a respiratory arrest and brain damage. Mrs Parsons’ children have called for the care standards in the Cardiff and Vale health board area to see major improvements so that an accident of this type does not happen again.

“send our condolences”

Last month in the High Court in London the family was told that the board would payout an undisclosed sum of compensation for their suffering – almost six years after the fatal operation happened. The health board apologised to Mrs Parsons’ family.

The Director of Nursing For Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Ruth Walker, said: “Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board, on behalf of the former Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, would like to send our condolences to the family of Miss Parsons and apologise for the identified failure of care that occurred in 2009.

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