Heart transplant pioneer clearedBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7090.1297c (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1297
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The team headed by the heart transplant pioneer Sir Magdi Yacoub was cleared of negligence in the High Court last week for failing to warn of the risk that a heart transplant operation could leave a child severely brain damaged.
Kevin and Linda Poynter sued Hillingdon health authority in West London, claiming they would not have allowed their son, Matthew, now 10, to undergo the operation at Harefield Hospital had they known of the risk. They told the court they were opposed to transplantation in …