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Paramedic Awarded £1m NHS Compensation After Hospital Brain Blunder

A former paramedic will receive more than £1m in NHS compensation after surgeons removed the wrong part of his brain leaving him severely disabled.

John Tunney, 63, has been left partially blind and requires 24 hour care after surgeons completing the procedure removed healthy tissue by accident, causing a brain haemorrhage.

The Daily Telegraph has also reported that if Mr Tunney’s blood test results had been properly checked, medical staff would have realised that the tumour he was suffering from was actually benign and could have been treated with tablets.

NHS Compensation Awarded After Trust Admits Liability

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust admitted liability for the error and paid out a seven figure sum to Mr Tunney, who had received an award for long service in 2005 having previously worked as a paramedic with West Midlands Ambulance Service for 23 years.

His wife Pamela, 65, commented on the effect the injuries have had on their lives since the mistake during surgery in April 2008:

“Our lives have both been completely devastated by a completely avoidable brain injury. It’s something that we have to deal with every single day of our lives.

“To see the change in him and to know that it was all entirely avoidable is extremely upsetting. This mistake is not something that the hospital can just take back.

“I pray that they don’t make this sort of error again and no other family has to experience seeing their husband suffer the pain and loss that John has.”

The family have now relocated to South Wales to be closer to family members who can provide assistance with the care required by Mr Tunney.

The chief medical officer from Walsgrave Hospital, Meghana Pandit, apologised on behalf of the hospital trust and added that ‘organisational learning from his management mean that patients with similar conditions will experience high quality and safe care’.

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We can investigate the circumstances of your treatment and provide free legal advice on all aspects of your claim. To speak to a medical negligence specialist about NHS compensation claims call 0800 0193 515 today, alternatively fill out the claim form on this page and a member of our team can call you back at a time that is convenient for you.


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