UK Young girl wins 48m payout after having all limbs

UK: Young girl wins $48m payout after having all limbs amputated – insider

  • A British girl has won a £39million ($48.3million) settlement after having all of her limbs amputated.
  • Her family said she was unfairly discharged from a hospital and later developed sepsis.
  • The family attorney described her injuries and disabilities as “entirely preventable with the right care.”

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

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 reported, described as showing “red flags for meningitis and sepsis,” according to BBC News, but she was taken sent away 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 having to amputate her quadruple limbs, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC, who represents the family, told the BBC. The girl had both legs amputated above the knee and her arms above the elbow, the BBC said.

Her family argued that if she had been treated with antibiotics straight away, she would not have been so ill and could have saved her limb.

The Hospital Trust admitted liability in the High Court in London on Friday, Metro reported.

Gumbel described the girl as “extraordinarily brave” and said she “manages to do very well academically at school,” according to the BBC.

According to the BBC, family lawyer Deborah Nadel described her injuries and disabilities as “entirely preventable with proper care”.

The NHS Trust accepted liability for the young girl’s condition, with Bradley Martin KC, who represented the Trust, saying: “There is no amount of money that can really compensate for her injuries.

The girl receives part of the severance payment in one sum, the rest is paid out annually for life.

A spokesman for the NHS Trust told the BBC: “We are very sorry for the plaintiff’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 agreed damages will ensure that the plaintiff can continue to live as independently as possible.”