Delayed Brain Tumour Diagnosis Claim Settled for 4.5 Million

An NHS manager, who sustained severe brain damage after a delay in the diagnosis of her brain tumour, has had a 4.5 million pounds compensation claim settled in the High Court.

Frances Bowra (45)of Maidstone, Kent, worked as a chiropody manager, was a volunteer for the charity “Crisis Over Christmas” and a keen dancer and dressmaker when, in 2003, she was rushed to Maidstone General District Hospital Accident and Emergency Department after collapsing at home suffering from violent headaches and vomiting.

A delay in diagnosing her brain tumour, and transferring her to Kings College Hospital, London, for an emergency operation resulted in Frances’ condition deteriorating, and she now suffers from partial paralysis and visual impairment.

In the High Court, the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust acknowledged that it had breached its duty of care, and apologised to both Frances and her family for the errors they had made.