Nine year old girl awarded £5.5 million after Colchester hospital failures

Ellie Sutton will need life-long treatment

Ellie Sutton will need life-long treatment

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A nine year old girl who suffered severe brain damage after a hospital failed to treat her meningitis quickly enough has been awarded a £5.5 million compensation package at the High Court.

Ellie Sutton, of Witham, was just eight months old when she was referred to the paediatric unit at Colchester Hospital after her Kelvedon GP suspected she was suffering from the brain disease.

Ellie’s mother Sarah Sutton said: “We were devastated when we found out that Ellie had suffered brain damage and even more heart-broken for her when we found out her condition could have been avoided had simple errors not been made.

"To watch our daughter struggle with everyday life is devastating on our family and no matter what happens nothing can change that."

Ellie was awarded a £2.4m lump sum settlement with further annual payments which will eventually reach £119k every year for the rest of her life.

The girl was left with severe brain damage, epilepsy and learning difficulties after doctors sent her home with a suspected stomach bug.

The money will cover her 24-hour care, physiotherapy, transport costs, therapy, specialist equipment and suitable adaptations to her accommodation so she can live as independently as possible.

A spokeman for Colchester General Hospital said: “The Trust has apologised unreservedly. The Trust acknowledges that errors were made in the failure to diagnose meningitis and expresses their sincere regret again to Mrs Sutton and to Ellie."

 

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6:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

Nom De Plume says...

Another Turner Road success story.
Along with all the joy and positivism this Borough brings.
But you see they don't care, they will quote you X amount of thousands that go through unscathed and happy.
They will then say there is a pot or fund to compensate issues such as this.
Inside their corporate heads they have the mindset, that incidents like are a natural stat, acceptable risks.
We are turning into a cross between Basildon and Milton Keynes.
Another Turner Road success story. Along with all the joy and positivism this Borough brings. But you see they don't care, they will quote you X amount of thousands that go through unscathed and happy. They will then say there is a pot or fund to compensate issues such as this. Inside their corporate heads they have the mindset, that incidents like are a natural stat, acceptable risks. We are turning into a cross between Basildon and Milton Keynes. Nom De Plume
  • Score: 5

3:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

manikpompoo@gmail.com says...

To all the people of Colchester, Please do not go to Radiotherapy centre of
Colchester hospital, Their protocols are faulty and the radiographers do unplanned deviation (Like Patient couch rotation) in the treatment plan, which causes healthy tissues to receive radiation which is supposed to be received by cancer cells, Breast patient are receiving the worst quality treatment.If you do not trust me then you go to the department and inquire about the research or any evidence which they have for their protocols. You will be surprised that they have been practicing without evidence, and CQC has never inspected them.
To all the people of Colchester, Please do not go to Radiotherapy centre of Colchester hospital, Their protocols are faulty and the radiographers do unplanned deviation (Like Patient couch rotation) in the treatment plan, which causes healthy tissues to receive radiation which is supposed to be received by cancer cells, Breast patient are receiving the worst quality treatment.If you do not trust me then you go to the department and inquire about the research or any evidence which they have for their protocols. You will be surprised that they have been practicing without evidence, and CQC has never inspected them. manikpompoo@gmail.com
  • Score: 3

9:54pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Nom De Plume says...

Essex County standard have revealed That The Untrust, have been hiring a Lawyer that was sacked from their previous post, at their previous NHS Trust.
Another revelation this time no cover up.....
I suppose once in a blue moon?
Essex County standard have revealed That The Untrust, have been hiring a Lawyer that was sacked from their previous post, at their previous NHS Trust. Another revelation this time no cover up..... I suppose once in a blue moon? Nom De Plume
  • Score: 3

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