Girl to receive millions in compensation after NHS failed to diagnose meningitis

The NHS will have to pay millions in compensation to a girl who caught virulent meningitis and has now been left with permanent disabilities.The girl is now profoundly deaf and suffers numerous communication problems due to the life-altering bacterial meningitis which developed when she was only eight months old.

Her mother rushed her to hospital in Hemel Hempstead General Hospital on her GP’s advice, but the child’s condition slowly got worse, resulting in recurring seizures and brain damage.

A spokesperson from the child’s legal team said that the hospital “failed to appreciate how ill she was and tried to send her home.”

By the time doctors discovered the meningitis it was too late to treat it properly her lawyers told a court.

“We are sorry that Lauren didn’t receive the treatment she was entitled to expect. We are glad to have come to terms without the need for a trial,” said a spokesperson from the NHS.

The payment means that the the young girl will be compensated on a basis of 95 per cent liability.

It has still not been finalised how much she will receive but due to her injuries it is understood that the sum will run in to millions of pounds.

The Judge of the case concluded, “I hope matters can now finally be resolved, and I wish the family well and express my sympathy for this tragedy.”

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