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Kidney donor is awarded £6.74m after “negligent and reckless” operation

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1061 (Published 15 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1061
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A man who nearly died during an operation to donate a kidney to his father has been awarded £6.74m (€8m; $10.85m) damages by the High Court in London.

The 39 year old father of two had paid “a very high price” for his generous act, his counsel, Elizabeth-Ann Gumbel QC, told Mr Justice Spencer. While donating his right kidney in February 2008, he experienced irreversible left kidney failure and his sister, in turn, had donated a kidney to him.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust admitted liability on the basis that the operation was performed “not only negligently but to a degree recklessly,” the …

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