Heart surgery victim awarded six-figure settlement

A man in Bristol has been awarded a six-figure settlement after being left brain damaged when an operation went wrong. It has taken Daniel Jefferies 20 years to receive compensation, after an operation to correct his congenital heart defect when he was four left him with learning difficulties.

Surgeon Janardan Dhasmana came under fire for leaving the heart surgery victim on heart bypass too long and for failing to follow correct procedures when taking him off bypass, which led to an obstruction to Daniel’s blood flow. Following the surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1994, Daniel showed signs of cognitive impairment and has been left with learning difficulties.

Daniel’s family made a claim for compensation which was resisted by University Hospitals Bristol Trust (UHBT). However just before the case hearing in July 2014, it agreed to pay Daniel a six-figure sum in compensation – this reflects the extra care the 24-year-old will need for the rest of his life.

This case was part of a much larger one involving the deaths of 35 babies – many more suffered brain damage after heart surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary. An inquiry in 2001 found doctors took a ‘lax approach’ to safety and that there was a lack of monitoring by management staff. Mr Dhasmana was banned from operating for four years, whilst two other members of staff were also struck off.

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Source: Bristol Post

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