Fam­ily claim for £300k from NHS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

A 21-year-old woman who suf­fered cat­a­strophic menin­gi­tis as a child is set to re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion from the NHS.

East­ern and Coastal Kent Pri­mary Care Trust has ad­mit­ted breach of duty when treat­ing Jade Cham­pion in 1992 and 1993, ac­cord­ing to a writ is­sued in Lon­don’s High Court.

Now, through her mother, Laura Cham­pion, who lives in Deal, Jade is seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion of more than £300,000 from the trust.

Staff at Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal in Ash­ford failed to pass on test re­sults show­ing an in­fec­tion, and failed to warn her mother to watch care­fully for symp­toms of ill­ness, it is al­leged.

Jade, at five days old, be­came ill on Jan­uary 1, 1993, and was taken to hos­pi­tal the next day. The mid­wife who saw her did not tell the GP about the pos­i­tive test re­sults, the writ says.

Jade had a fit on Jan­uary 3, and tests showed she had strep­to­coc­cus pneu­mo­niae menin­gi­tis, for which she was given an­tibi­otics.

But the menin­gi­tis caused brain dam­age and deaf­ness, and she suf­fered se­vere neu­ro­log­i­cal and neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems, in­clud­ing difficulties with cog­ni­tion and behaviour, anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, sleep prob­lems, and sug­gestibil­ity and vul­ner­a­bil­ity to be­ing ex­ploited.

She will need res­i­den­tial care and sup­port all her life.

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