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Girl’s parents suing over hospital surgery death

Posted in: Head and Brain Injuries Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

The parents of 18-year-old Rachel Bradshaw, who died in February 2009 after a surgeon “incompletely” drilled into her brain, are suing the two hospital trusts for £500,000. The accident happened just before Ms Bradshaw’s nineteenth birthday at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The teenager had suffered liver failure after taking a paracetamol overdose, and was taken immediately to Northampton General Hospital. Her family said that staff did not respond quickly enough.

The overdose led to her needing a liver transplant, so she was directly transferred to Birmingham. The fatal accident occurred at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a surgeon inserted a pressure bolt into her skull, but “incompletely” drilled too far into her brain.

“They never explained to us what happened”

The parents of Ms Bradshaw, Brian and Terry Brock, said they are suing on behalf of their daughter’s now seven-year-old daughter, Kyla. As well as this, they are also suing for psychiatric damage caused while they were dealing with the death of their daughter. The Northampton General Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust are both being sued by the family. Both trusts deny liability.

Mrs Brock said: “Then the doctors and the nurses took us into a family room and told us there was nothing more then could do. They said they had to turn off the machine… and that was it. They never explained to us what had happened.

The hearing continues.

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