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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Devastated Ulverston dad to claim £50K-plus from hospital

A GRIEVING dad is suing hospital bosses over the death of his wife and newborn son.

Carl Hendrickson’s legal team submitted a claim form to the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday.

They say at this stage they are likely to be claiming in excess of £50,000 in damages from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

The 44-year-old’s wife Nittaya, 35, and newborn son, Chester, died at Furness General Hospital’s maternity’s unit in 2008.

Mr Hendrickson, of Ulverston, said the effect the deaths have had on him and their son Conrad has been devastating.

He added: “It is really upsetting that every day some new information is coming to light about patient safety at the hospital.

“Without the full facts, we are finding it very difficult to come to terms with their deaths and it has been extremely hard to find answers.

“If I’d known what I know now when Nittaya was pregnant, she would not have set foot in that hospital.”

An inquest into Mrs Hendrickson’s death heard she suffered a fit and died shortly afterwards.

A postmortem revealed she had experienced an amniotic fluid embolism, a rare emergency in which amniotic fluid, foetal cells, hair or other debris enters the mother’s blood stream via the placental bed of the uterus and triggers an allergic reaction.

Mr Hendrickson’s solicitor, Vicki Jagger, said: “Carl’s case is very complex and is being thoroughly investigated and assessed by our medical and legal experts.

“We have to bring the claim to the court now to protect Carl’s legal position because, with civil claims such as this, there is a limited time in which a claim can be made.

“We have not yet established the exact value of Carl’s case but anticipate, at this stage, that the claim will exceed £50,000.

“It is unlikely the case will be ready for trial within the next 12 months.”

Cumbria police are investigating the death of a number of babies and mothers at the unit.

A University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman, said: “For any family to lose a mother and baby during childbirth is an absolute tragedy and once again, our heartfelt sympathy goes to Mr Hendrickson and his family.

“A claim has been initiated by Mr Hendrickson and we are unable to comment further until this process has concluded.”

Have your say

Jenny,What's niave & thoughtless about a simple statement of fact?
I repeat,we lost a baby girl(stillborn) in 1980 in Glasgow.
It would never have occured to us to sue the hospital.What part of that is
niave,thoughtless or don't you understand?

Posted by wbrown on 12 November 2011 at 14:10

Jenny,What's niave & thoughtless about a simple statement of fact?
I repeat,we lost a baby girl(stillborn) in 1980 in Glasgow.
It would never have occured to us to sue the hospital.What part of that is niave,thoughtless or don't you understand?

Posted by wbrown on 5 November 2011 at 10:21

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