Young Girl Wins $48.3 Million in Settlement After Doctors Amputated All Her Limbs

Hospital - Brandon Holmes Via Unsplash
Hospital - Brandon Holmes Via Unsplash

A British girl has won a settlement of £39 million or $48.3 million after doctors amputated all her limbs following an unjust discharge from a hospital. 

Lawyers for the girl said her parents took her to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, southeast England, with a high fever, vomiting, and drowsiness, Metro reported. These symptoms are “red flags for meningitis and sepsis,” according to BBC News. However, doctors sent her home with paracetamol or acetaminophen. 

Her parents returned to the hospital and doctors diagnosed her with meningococcal sepsis. She later experienced multi-organ failure.

Consequently, the doctors’ misjudgment led to her needing the quadruple-limb amputations, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC, who is representing the family, said, the BBC reported. The girl had above-knee amputations of both legs, and above-elbow amputations of her arms.

The hospital trust admitted liability at the High Court in London on Friday, Metro reported.

Gumbel described the girl as “extraordinarily brave” and said she is “managing in school to do very well academically,” the BBC reported.