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Family Of Brain-Damaged Gran, 51, To Sue NHS

March 12, 2014

 

 

 

THE family of a Scots gran left brain-damaged after coming back from the dead are set to sue the NHS.

And an expert believes they could get a £5million payout – enough to care for Lorna Baillie for the rest of her life.

Doctors at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary told Lorna’s family she was “technically dead” after a heart attack in 2012.

They turned off her life support machine and moved her to a private room so her loved ones could say their goodbyes.

Then the family noticed signs she was still alive.

A nurse told them they were seeing after-effects of electric shock treatment.

But they persisted. And after 45 minutes, doctors admitted Lorna was breathing.

She was put back on life support, but her brain had been starved of oxygen and badly damaged.

The 51-year-old mother of four, from Prestonpans, East Lothian, can now neither walk nor talk. She needs 24-hour care.

Lorna’s eldest daughter Leanne, 33, said the lawsuit was designed to make sure the family could afford to look after her throughout her life.

She added: “The health service had a duty of care to our mum and that failed.

“It’s heartbreaking. She doesn’t really know who we are. She doesn’t remember we are her daughters.

“She knows my name now, but to her I’m just someone called Leanne that she kind of knows.”

Lawyer Peter Todd, who specialises in brain and spinal cord injuries, said the family could expect a payout of more than £5million.

He estimated that a court would award £200,000 for the injury Lorna suffered – and a further £250,000 per year for the next 20 years to pay for her care.

Peter added: “To have a claim, you have to show there was negligence on the part of the healthcare staff and that this resulted in the injury.”

NHS Lothian said they were unable to comment on the case.

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