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Young girl wins $48 million after all her limbs are amputated

Young girl wins $48 million after all her limbs are amputated

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  • A British girl has won a £39 million ($48.3 million) settlement after all of her limbs were amputated.
  • Her family said she was wrongfully discharged from hospital and later developed sepsis.
  • The family’s lawyer described her injuries and disabilities as “entirely avoidable with proper care”.

A British girl has won a £39 million ($48.3 million) settlement after all of her limbs were amputated following a wrongful hospital discharge.

Lawyers for the unnamed girl said she was taken to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, south-east England, with a high fever, drowsiness and vomiting. Metro reporteddescribed as “red flags for meningitis and sepsis,” according to BBC Newsbut they sent her off with paracetamol.

Her parents returned to the hospital when her condition worsened, where she was diagnosed with meningococcal sepsis and later suffered multiple organ failure.

The severity of her sepsis later led to her needing quadruple amputations, Elizabeth-Ann Gumbel KC, representing the family, said, according to the BBC. The girl has amputations on both legs above the knee and on her arms above the elbow, the BBC reported.

Her family claims that if she had been treated with antibiotics immediately, she would not have been so ill and could have saved her limbs.

The hospital trust admitted liability at the High Court in London on Friday, Metro reported.

Gumbel described the girl as “extremely brave” and said she was “doing very well at school”, according to the BBC.

According to the BBC, the family’s lawyer, Deborah Nadel, described her injuries and disabilities as “entirely avoidable with appropriate care.”

The NHS trust accepted responsibility for the young girl’s condition, with Bradley Martin QC, who represented the trust, saying ‘there is no amount of money that can really compensate for her injuries.

The girl will receive part of the settlement in a lump sum and the balance will be paid annually for the rest of her life.

A spokesman for the NHS trust told the BBC: “We are very sorry for the claimant’s injuries and understand that no amount of money can fully compensate for them.

“However, we are pleased that the settlement has been approved and hope that the compensation agreed will ensure that the claimant can live as independently as possible in the future.”


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