Family of woman who died due to medical malpractice compensated five years after death

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SETTLED: The family has been compensated with €120,000 after the surgery that occurred at Torrecardenas hospital

THE family of a woman who died in 2013 as a result of medical malpractice has been awarded €120,000 in compensation after reaching an out-of-court agreement.

Manuela Herrera, 70, underwent surgery to remove her thyroid gland at the Torrecardenas Hospital in March, 2013 when disaster struck.

According to reports, when attempting to remove the thyroid gland, located in the lower part of the neck, the ‘posterior wall of Mrs Herrera’s windpipe’ was perforated and torn, causing her to suffer respiratory failure and a cardiac arrest.

Following the procedure, an official complaint was filed by ‘The Patient’s Ombudsman’ on behalf of Mrs Herrera’s husband and two children.

A subsequent autopsy was performed on the body of the deceased to determine the cause of death and behaviour of the doctors and the court proceeded to file the case.

But the Andalucian Health Service has decided to compensate the family with €120,000 before undertaking the full civil procedure.

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