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Court hears Meningitis Injury due to Medical Negligence

Posted on: April 28th, 2012 by Medical Negligence

A court in Mold, North Wales, has heard that a young girl´s meningitis injury was due to medical negligence by a junior doctor at Wrexham´s Maelor Hospital.

The girl in question is six-year-old Kate Pierce, who was just nine months of age when she developed the pneumococcal strain of meningitis and was taken to the Maelor Hospital in Wrexham by her parents – Mark and Diane Pierce.

At the hospital, Kate was diagnosed with viral tonsillitis by a junior doctor and Mark and Diane were advised it was safe for Kate to go home. Mark and Diane asked for a second opinion, but were falsely told that a senior doctor had been consulted with, and that he was in agreement with the original diagnosis.

Kate´s condition deteriorated overnight, and the following day her parents brought her back to the Maelor Hospital. However, by the time a correct diagnosis was made, Kate had sustained terrible brain damage which left her blind, deaf, suffering from severe epilepsy and chronic lung disease.

Kate was rushed to Liverpool´s Alder Hey Children´s Hospital but her injuries were irreversible and she now needs twenty-four hour care.

After seeking legal advice from medical negligence solicitors, Mark and Diane Pierce made a claim for meningitis injury due to medical negligence on behalf of their little girl and, after a protracted investigation, the Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board acknowledged that “aspects of care provided by the hospital were not of an acceptable standard”.

The Mold County Court heard that representatives of the Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board were prepared to admit 75 per cent liability for meningitis injury due to medical negligence and the case was adjourned for assessment of damages.