A man, whose hips were broken following a surgery procedure which went wrong, has won a five-year battle against NHS chiefs.
Former lorry driver Gerald Morgan, from Kings Heath, Birmingham, has received a six figure payout after surgery at the Royal London Hospital left him unable to walk again. He was left permanently deformed, in agony and with horrendous bruising when an operation to fit a pain relief implant in his spine went wrong.
When medics turned on a stimulator for the first time, Mr Morgan suffered a massive contraction of his muscles, similar to an electric shock, which threw him from his wheelchair with such force that he fractured several bones in his pelvis and hips.
But both surgeons and his local GP failed to notice the fractures for more than seven months, by which time the damage was too late to correct. The 60-year-old has now received the out of court settlement after Barts and the London NHS Trust and his GP, Dr Yap of Maypole Health Centre in Kings Heath, admitted a failure to X-ray the patient’s injuries in 2004.
“It was like a huge electric shock, that threw me out of the wheelchair into a standing position and then back down again, about half a dozen times,” said Mr Morgan, who has just moved to Solihull with his wife Dawn. “I was in extreme pain and shock, and given morphine. The next morning I had widespread bruising and I was in terrible pain.
“Despite this, I was sent home three days later with no further investigations by the hospital. After a five-and-a-half-year battle I remain very angry. “No amount of money will put right the injuries I have suffered.” Mr Morgan’s solicitor Ally Taft, from Irwin Mitchell law firm, said “Independent experts have advised the stimulator was inserted too far to the side of Mr Morgan’s spine, so it stimulated his motor nerves rather than his sensory nerves, leading to a massive muscle contraction.”
Mr Morgan was diagnosed with Sudek’s atrophy, a complex pain syndrome, in 1980 but could still walk short distances with a stick. Now he is confined to a wheelchair.