ERIC WAS 45 WHEN HE SUDDENLY HAD SEVERE PAIN IN HIS ABDOMEN, THE PAIN SPREAD TO HIS BACK, HE BECAME HOT AND CLAMMY AND WAS TAKEN TO ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY.
Eric was 45 when he suddenly had severe pain in his abdomen, the pain spread to his back and he became hot and clammy. His wife called an ambulance and he was taken to accident and emergency. He saw a doctor who carried out an ECG and thought there was a problem with his heart. He was admitted to a cardiology ward but died 24 hours later. The post mortem showed that he had suffered a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). This means that part of the main blood vessel from his heart had become weak and ballooned out. The weakened vessel then split and he had suffered a massive bleed.
His widow pursued a claim. An expert in emergency medicine reported that Eric’s symptoms were classic of AAA. He should have been scanned and sent urgently to a surgeon. A surgeon also reported that this was a surgical emergency and that there was a 70% likelihood of surgery saving his life.
The hospital eventually admitted liability and paid damages of £325,000.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals