NHS patient suing for £300,000 after sores caused her spine to rot

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An NHS patient is suing hospital chiefs for up to £300,000 in damages after developing pressure sores so severe that they caused part of her spine to rot away.

66 year old Christine Reaney from Staffordshire enjoyed an active life including regularly walking her dog on the common. This was before developing a condition which led to the disintegration of several bones after a series of hospital stays over 2008 and 2009.

The diabetic pensioner was admitted to hospital several times between December 2008 and October 2009 and signs of pressure sores were first spotted in January 2009, just 3 weeks after her initial admission.

The staff at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Cannock Chase Hospital and Stafford Hospital failed to take any appropriate action when the main sore at the base of Mrs Reaney’s spine become neurotic.

The rot spread from her flesh to her bones which resulted in two joints of her vertebral coccyx being ‘destroyed’ whilst spreading to her pelvis and hip. These injuries have resulted in her being bed bound and she cannot even use a wheelchair to get around due to not being able to sit upright or walk.

Barrister Charles Feeney who is representing the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust has said that liability has been admitted for the failures which led to Mrs Reaney’s injuries. Mr Feeney, for the NHS Trusts, added: “This is a case of admitted and significant breach of duty.”

The pensioner is claiming more than £300,000 in damages but the trusts are disputing the amount of damages she is due.

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Are you suffering from a misdiagnosis? Are you suffering from being mistreated in a hospital? Then give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 to see if we can help you gain the compensation you deserve.

Source: Express & Star

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