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Spinal surgeon loses appeal in case of woman left disabled after heparin injection

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1394 (Published 26 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1394
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A consultant neurosurgeon was negligent in giving a patient antithrombotic treatment only three hours after spinal surgery, the Court of Appeal has ruled.1

Three senior judges unanimously dismissed Christos Tolias’s appeal against a High Court decision that he had been negligent in 2013 in administering low molecular weight heparin too early to Yvonne Lesforis, a college lecturer.2

The decision by Mr Justice Martin Spencer last June caused consternation among neurosurgeons, and Tolias sought permission to appeal on 11 grounds relating to the judge’s approach, his findings, and his assessment of the expert evidence. But 10 of the grounds were deemed not to have a real prospect of success, and the surgeon was allowed to appeal …

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