A Nottinghamshire woman has settled her claim for compensation after she suffered medical negligence following a hysterectomy.
Tine Grace – aged forty-four from Kirkby in Nottinghamshire – went to the King’s Mill Hospital on the 13th of August 2012 to undergo a hysterectomy. After the procedure was declared successful, Ms Grace was discharged from the hospital just five days later, in spite of concerns by her parents that she had not recovered enough to care for her two daughters (aged thirteen and two and the time).
A few weeks after the procedure, Ms Grace was complaining of a breathless sensation, and felt a burning pain in her leg. Her parents called an ambulance to her home, and Ms Grace was admitted once again to the King’s Mill Hospital. There, she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot from her leg had broken upon and travelled to her lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.
Ms Grace stayed in the hospital for a further eleven days, and took Warfarin – a blood-thinning agent – for a further six months. During this time, she sought legal counsel and proceeded to make a claim for compensation, stating that after her discharge from hospital the first time, she should have been provided with anti-clotting socks and anti-clotting medication.
In November of that year, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – who oversee proceedings at the hospital – admitted liability for the deep vein thrombosis. They acknowledged that the pulmonary embolism could probably have been avoided had Ms Grace been provided with the adequate preventative materials upon her discharge.
Negotiations ensued between the parties, with an undisclosed settlement of compensation awarded to Ms Grace. After the settlement was announced, Ms Grace said in an interview with the local press that she feared her children would be left without a mother because of the negligence. She commented that “I really felt like I could have died. I was terrified and it felt like every breath I took would be my last.”