10-year-old Lucas Tuppeny was born in January 2004 with a bowel defect and was in and out of hospital. When he was six months old he was admitted to Bupa Cromwell Hospital needing a colostomy; but a series of blunders and errors by medical staff meant he suffered renal failure. The private hospital wasn’t owned by Bupa at the time of the original procedures.
The medical errors left Lucas needing dialysis from six months and eventually meant he needed a kidney transplant. In October 2005 Lucas’ father donated a kidney but he will need another transplant later in his life.
The young boy has endured 28 procedures over his lifetime and has spent over 149 days in hospital receiving treatment and recovering from procedures. In spite of this Lucas has been described as an enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic and very social boy.
Lucas – who is now living in Seattle, USA with his mother – has just been awarded £4.8 million in compensation to cover potential earning losses, medical treatment and a lifetime of pain and suffering caused to him.
A spokesman for the Bupa Cromwell Hospital told Mailonline that despite not owning the hospital in 2004 “We are very sorry that Lucas suffered these problem and would again like to apologise to him and his family. We hope that this settlement will give Lucas and his parents the security of knowing that his future care and support needs can be met.”
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