A man, who had the wrong part of his brain removed by surgeons, is receiving compensation of more than £1m, it is being reported.
Retired paramedic, John Tunney, underwent a biopsy procedure in 2008. He was suffering from suspected thyroid problems and subsequently underwent a series of tests.
After Mr Tunney underwent an MRI scan, medical staff at the hospital found an abnormality in his pituitary gland. He also underwent a blood test, but doctors failed to check the results of this blood test correctly. If they had, they would have diagnosed that Mr Tunney was suffering from prolactinoma, a condition that can be easily controlled with tablets.
However, Mr Tunney instead underwent a biopsy procedure on his pituitary gland. Surgeons mistakenly removed healthy tissue instead of the tumour, and he suffered a brain haemorrhage as a result. The haemorrhage left him with brain damage, partially blind and in need of constant care.
The Daily Telegraph reports that he sought compensation from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, and his case has reportedly just been settled for a seven-figure sum. The NHS Trust has apologised to Mr Tunney and his family for the level of care that he received.