A woman who was left with brain damage after she waited more than an hour for treatment has been awarded £5 million in compensation. Caren Paterson, a 36 year old genetic scientist at Kings College, collapsed at her flat in October 2007. After her boyfriend called for an ambulance, reporting that Caren was unconscious and her lips had turned blue, failures in the system which mistakenly flagged Caren’s address as ‘high risk’ meant ambulance staff had to wait for a police escort to arrive.
Because there were no police available, and despite her boyfriend placing two more 999 calls, the ambulance crew waited just 100m from Caren’s flat for over an hour. Minutes before an ambulance and police arrived, Ms Paterson suffered cardiac arrest. Her delayed treatment has left her with chronic disorientation and amnesia, and she will never work again, requiring 24-hour care for the rest of her life.
Caren’s mum commented, “My daughter was a successful and ambitious scientist, but it is so distressing that all of her aspirations and ambitions have been taken away from her because of her brain injury. The thought of an ambulance crew waiting around the corner while my daughter lay in her flat as her condition went from serious to life-threatening is still shocking and I hope no-one ever has to go through what we have.”
Judge Richard Parkes QC approved a payout for brain damage of a £1.4 million lump sum, with annual payments to be made to Caren throughout her lifetime.
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Source: Daily Mail