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Woman who became infertile after hospital’s negligence is awarded costs for surrogacy

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 20 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4357
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The High Court in London has awarded damages covering the cost of surrogacy for the first time to a woman who lost her fertility through a hospital’s negligence.

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in north London admitted liability in the case of the woman, who was diagnosed as having invasive cervical cancer at the age of 29. The trust failed to detect cancer despite smear tests in 2008 and 2012 and biopsies in 2012 and 2013.

The woman underwent chemoradiotherapy, which left her infertile and with severe radiation damage …

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