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Mum sues over son's tragic death

A mother has revealed how she plans to make a medical negligence compensation claim against the hospital that she blames for the death of her 15-year-old son.

The teenager, who suffered from muscular dystrophy, was dropped by a health worker at Papworth Hospital and suffered two broken legs. Only initially attending the appointment for a routine check-up, he was then taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital where he died a few days later from bronchial pneumonia.

The care worker who dropped the boy, leaving him with personal injuries, has now been dismissed for failure to follow proper patient handling procedures and Papworth Hospital has issued an apology for the tragic incident.

The mother doesn't blame Addenbrooke's at all for the youngster's death and insists that staff there 'worked tirelessly' to save him.

She does, however, hold Papworth Hospital responsible because a hoist to lift her son off a bed was not used and he fell to the floor, breaking both legs.

The heartbroken mother explained her reasons for pursuing the medical negligence compensation claim and said, "I still believe if he had not gone to Papworth he would still be here now. It would have been so nice."

A Papworth Hospital spokesman reacted to the news of the youngster's death by saying, "Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust wishes to express its sincere regret that, owing to the failure of a member of staff to follow the Trust's patient handling policy and her training, [the teenager] fell whilst being moved from his bed and sustained fractures to both his legs."

"Following a full investigation into the events preceding [his] fall, the employee concerned was dismissed for non-compliance with Trust policy."



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