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Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Negligence Claim Settled

Posted on: November 22nd, 2010 by Medical Negligence

A former manager in the NHS, who suffered severe brain damage after her brain tumor was not immediately diagnosed, has been awarded a £4.5 million compensation settlement after her case was resolved in the High Court.

When Frances Bowra, aged forty-five of Maidstone in Kent collapsed at her home in 2003, she was rushed to the Maidstone General District Hospital Accident and Emergency Department. She had been previously suffering with debilitating headaches and bouts of vomiting. Before the illness, Ms Bowra worked as a chiropody manager with the NHS, was a volunteer for the “Crisis Over Christmas” charity and enjoyed hobbies as a dancer and a dressmaker.

The facility failed to diagnose Ms Bowra’s brain tumor, and this – along with a transfer to King’s College Hospital in London for an emergency operation – caused the patient’s condition to continue to deteriorate. Now, Ms Bowra lives with partial paralysis and has sustained a loss of vision.

The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, who oversee the running of the Maidstone General District Hospital, acknowledged liability for Ms Bowra’s condition, and have paid the victim a £4.5 million compensation settlement for their negligence, as well as issuing an apology to Ms Bowra and her family for their negligence.