A pregnant woman left brain damaged after her heart was accidentally punctured during an NHS operation has won an £8m compensation pay-out.
The woman was admitted to Salford Royal Hospital in Greater Manchester in 2010 following complications arising from an ectopic pregnancy.
During an operation, medics pierced one of the chambers of her heart, causing it to stop.
It led to “permanent and severe brain damage”, caused by oxygen starvation.
Mrs Justice Swift told London’s High Court how the woman, who was a 22-year-old hairdresser at the time of the blunder, had enjoyed “a full social life, a serious relationship and was pregnant”.
“Her life looked promising,” she added.
But the accident has left her using a wheelchair, unable to work and requiring 24-hour care.
‘Very sad events’
With the help of her mother, she sued Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the hospital, formerly known as Hope Hospital.
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