A court in Mold, North Wales, has heard that a pneumococcal meningitis misdiagnosis claim for hospital malpractice compensation has been resolved with Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board admitting 75 per cent responsibility for injuries sustained by a little girl from Wrexham.
Kate Pierce (6) was just nine months old when she developed pneumococcal meningitis and was brought by her parents to Wrexham´s Maelor Hospital. A junior doctor at the hospital diagnosed Kate with viral tonsillitis and told her parents it was safe to bring the little girl home. Kate´s parents, worried about their daughter´s health, asked for a second opinion and were told by the junior doctor that a senior doctor had been consulted, when no such consultation had been made.
Kate´s condition got worse overnight and the next day her parents returned to the hospital where pneumococcal meningitis was diagnosed. Sadly for Kate, the correct diagnosis came too late to prevent her from sustaining brain damage and although she was immediately transferred to the Alder Hay Children´s Hospital in Liverpool, she now suffers from severe epilepsy and chronic lung disease, and is registered blind and deaf.
After seeking legal counsel from medical negligence solicitors, Kate´s parents made a pneumococcal meningitis misdiagnosis claim for compensation against the Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board; claiming that their daughter had suffered due to medical negligence and would require a lifetime of care. After a protracted study into events at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, the Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board admitted that “aspects of care provided by the hospital were not of an acceptable standard”.
The Health Board stated in court that they had said sorry to the family and were prepared to accept 75 per cent liability for Kate´s injuries. How much compensation for pneumococcal meningitis the family will receive will be determined in a hearing due to be held later this year.