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Man wrongly told he was dying gets £175k
12:50pm Tuesday 20th July 2010 in Local News
BELEAGURED Basildon Hospital bosses have paid £175,000 out in compensation after a man was wrongly diagnosed with leukaemia and told he had just a year to live.
Anthony Moore, 46, was actually suffering peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the central nervous system.
It is believed to have been caused by prolonged and unmonitored administration of Linezolid – a drug used to treat MRSA – at the hospital.
Medics had earlier wrongly diagnosed MRSA in an infected wound and treated it with Linezolid.
However, Mr Moore had to be was re-admitted five days later suffering from severe anaemia, soft tissue swelling and a low haemoglobin count.
A statement from Mr Moore’s solicitor, Withy King, said: “The claimant was incorrectly advised he was suffering from leukaemia and would die within a year, but it was subsequently discovered he was actually suffering from peripheral neuropathy.
“The claimant alleged negligence in prescribing Linezolid as he did not have MRSA, and for failing to monitor blood results weekly in accordance with national guidelines.
“The liability was not disputed.”
Mr Moore’s legal team said he suffered damage to nerves in his arms, legs and left knee.
His gait – the pattern of his movement – was left abnormal, causing him to fall frequently, it was said.
Mr Moore, who previously worked as an engineer, said the effects caused restrictions to his work due to difficulties climbing ladders.
He said the symptoms were likely to be permanent, and he was likely to require further knee surgery with a risk of above knee amputation.
He also argued he suffered psychological injuries after being advised he only had a year to live.
Hospital spokeswoman Nicola Laver said: “As this was an out of court settlement, it would be inappropriate for us to comment.”
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