Toddler has both legs amputated as a result of hospital negligence

24 August 2016

A toddler who lost both his legs and seven of his fingers as a result of a misdiagnosis made by Ipswich Hospital in July 2015 has received an apology from the NHS Trust.

Toddler has both legs amputated as a result of hospital negligence

Reuben Harvey-Smith sustained burns in July 2015 and his mum took him to hospital.  Two days later, his mum returned to the hospital as Reuben had a high temperature and sore throat but she was advised that Reuben had tonsillitis and was sent home with antibiotics.

Reuben remained unwell and his mother took him to another hospital where Reuben was subsequently diagnosed with toxic shock.  He was admitted to hospital and tragically lost both his legs and seven of his fingers as a result of the serious blood infection.

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust have issued an unreserved apology having conceded that toxic shock should have been considered as a significant possibility when Reuben returned to the hospital given the established link between burns and toxic shock. 

Reuben’s mother has taken legal action against the Trust and while liability is not an issue, settlement negotiations are ongoing.  An interim payment of £50,000 has been made pending final settlement. 

If you believe that a hospital or other care provider in Northern Ireland have been negligent in the course of treatment provided to you or a family member, Worthingtons Solicitors have an experienced team of litigators who specialise in Medical negligence cases, and who will gladly provide advice on all aspects of medical negligence claims in Northern Ireland. Contact Claire McDaid at our Belfast office on (90434015), or Nikki McConnell in our Newtownards office (91811538) for advice and guidance on this process

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