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Case Study

GP requires amputation of fingers and toes following failure to diagnose and treat dead bowel

Nahieda Majid instructed Paul McNeil in 2014 to deal with her claim against Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Nahieda underwent a knee arthroscopy and meniscectomy on 25 November 2011. Following the procedure she became unwell, experiencing nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and a sore throat. She attended John Radcliffe Hospital on 3 December 2011 and was admitted into the hospital.

The doctors failed to identify that Nahieda was suffering from sepsis and a condition called eosinophilic vasculitis which is inflammation of the walls of the blood vessels in the body. The source of her infection was her bowel. The claim was in relation to the failure to diagnose and remove the ischaemic part of the bowel and to treat her symptoms of eosinophilic vasculitis.

Nahieda remained in hospital and was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. She developed multi-organ failure and thrombosis effecting her hands and feet.

Nahieda suffered devastating injuries to her extremities and sadly had to undergo multiple amputations, surgeries and skin grafts to remove the necrotic tissues on her hands and feet. She required an amputation of her fingers on her dominant right hand and suffered a complete loss of function. She also required an amputation of 2/3 of all her fingers on her left hand. In addition, she lost all her toes on her right foot and severely injured her left foot. Further, she had to undergo extensive abdominal surgery.

Nahieda is now unable to walk for more than 30 metres and requires 24 hour care. She uses foot orthotics and prosthetics.

Prior to this incident, Nahieda was self-employed as a locum General Practitioner with the Royal Air Force and the NHS. Sadly, Nahieda was unable to continue working as a General Practitioner which was a great disappointment to her.

Following a Letter of Claim and the service of proceedings, the Defendant Trust admitted that there was a failure to diagnose DRESS syndrome with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms.

We then instructed a team of experts to identify Nahieda's needs. Her case settled a few months before trial. 

Following the settlement Nahieda wrote to Paul McNeil: "Once again Paul thank you so very much for your great effort and for winning this case for me. It has made a great difference in allowing me to cope with the loss of my career, loss of my future earning potential and physical losses and whatever the future might bring my way."

"Paul McNeil has made certain that I have been protected, guided and most importantly minimally scarred by the whole protracted legal process."

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For further information about delayed diagnosis claims and amputation claims, please call Paul McNeil on 020 7861 4019 or email paul.mcneil@fieldfisher.com.

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