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NHS agrees to pay millions to woman left paralysed by TB meningitis

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 01 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4134
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The NHS has agreed to pay millions of pounds to settle a negligence claim by a woman who was left tetraplegic by tubercular meningitis after twice being sent home by emergency department doctors at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

Named only as T to protect her identity, she will receive a lump sum of £350 000 (€390 000; $455 000) and an annual sum of £300 000 index linked for the rest of her life. Now aged 42, she is thought to have a life expectancy of around 70.

T, who was aged 35 at the time, was doing voluntary work at a high level and studying for a …

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