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Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board Pays Compensation:

A young girl has been awarded a seven-figure sum after pursuing a claim for medical negligence after misdiagnoses of viral tonsillitis when she had really sustained the serious illness of pneumococcal meningitis.

The six-year-old girl, Kate Pierce, sustained severe brain damage when she was only nine months old after doctors at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital had concluded she had viral tonsillitis. This naturally delayed the treatment she needed, which ultimately led to the brain damage.

Kate was originally seen by a trainee doctor, but it was found that he had lied to the girl’s parents when asked for a second opinion by saying he had asked his seniors about the case first. This meant that the girl was taken home, but she was later brought back and then finally diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis.

Kate was subsequently taken to Liverpool to undergo specialist treatment at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. However, her life expectancy has been significantly reduced as this form of meningitis can cause swelling and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Kate has suffered from chronic lung disease, severe epilepsy, and is registered as both deaf and blind.

The Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board accepted 75% responsibility for the incident and has agreed to pay out what is expected to be a seven-figure sum to the girl’s family.