A Merseyside man is to receive compensation for hospital negligence lymphoma cancer after developing the blood infection from an infected kidney transplant.
Robert Law (62) from New Ferry in Merseyside had a kidney transplant at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, and six days after the operation it was discovered during a post-mortem on the kidney donor that the kidney was infected with lymphoma – a type of blood cancer.
Robert was promptly told that the lymphoma cancer had not been identified when the kidney was screened for infection, but his immune system was vulnerable after the transplant operation, and he became ill very quickly.
Robert underwent a course of chemotherapy to treat the cancer and the cancer is currently in remission; however, he sought legal advice in respect of the hospital´s error and made a claim for hospital negligence lymphoma cancer compensation.
The NHS Blood and Transplant Unit admitted liability for Robert contracting blood cancer and – in 2012 – issued him with an apology. An undisclosed settlement of hospital negligence lymphoma cancer compensation was negotiated for the physical and emotion trauma Robert had been through, and the impact it had on his family.
The Chief Executive of the NHS Blood and Transplant Unit – Lynda Hamlyn – said she hoped the settlement of Robert´s hospital negligence compensation claim would enable him to move on from the unfortunate circumstances. She added that new mechanisms had been put in place in order that a similar event could not happen again.
A second claim for hospital negligence lymphoma cancer compensation remains ongoing. A woman from St Helens in Merseyside – Gillian Smart (52) – also received a kidney from the infected donor, but is yet to settle her hospital negligence compensation claim against the NHS Blood and Transplant Unit.