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Case Study: Finger Amputation Following Development of Avascular Necrosis
Baby Drew, Burnley
JMW has helped secure £282,000 compensation for a young boy after inconsistent circulation monitoring in the early stages of his life by doctors resulted in him losing 5 fingers.
Drew was born 12 weeks prematurely and was of a low birth weight. He subsequently developed respiratory distress syndrome and was ventilated from 8 minutes of age. A left ulnar arterial line was inserted and the circulation in the left hand was monitored carefully.
However over the next few days, no entries were made in the notes suggesting that the state of circulation to the hand was not monitored for 5 days until the notes “white” and “blue” were made. In fact for 3 hours the hourly entry was “white”. Despite these observations the cannula was not removed until the next day by which time ischaemia had arisen and sadly Drew lost all of the fingers of his left hand as a result of avascular necrosis.
A supportive breach of duty report was obtained from an independent medical expert who considered that Drew’s care was unacceptable.
The Hospital made an offer of £282,000 and the case was settled.
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