Family receive £5,500 in compensation over 'avoidable' death

Family receive 5,500 in compensation over 'avoidable' death 25679

The family of a 30-year-old man that died following a series of blunders has received £5,500 in compensation.

Peter Tyndall, public services ombudsman for Wales, looked into a number of complaints from the family of Carl Nolan, who died in 2010 of liver failure.

A report released by Mr Tyndall found Mr Nolan was born with congenital cirrhosis of the liver and this meant he was at threat of developing infections that could, if untreated, be "life-threatening".

However, the IT worker was not told of this medical issue when he was diagnosed with it in 2000 and when a follow-up outpatient appointment was made for him in 2001, he was not notified.

When he became ill again in 2008 and was treated at Glan Clwyd hospital, he was given treatment but investigations to determined the cause of his symptoms were not finished and, once again, Mr Nolan remained unaware of his chronic condition.

It was not until the man requested a second opinion from another doctor that he was finally told his liver was not functioning properly, before tests two years later determined the organ was failing, but that he was not suitable for a transplant because of the extent to which the disorder had developed.

Despite being told his liver was deteriorating quickly, he was sent away before being referred for specialist treatment. This was, however, in vain and Mr Nolan died seven weeks later.

A conclusion in Mr Tyndall's report read: "Had he been treated three days earlier, Mr X [the name used for Mr Nolan in the anonymous report] should have recovered from the infection and had a chance of receiving a liver transplant. This opportunity to survive and flourish was denied him."

In an interview with BBC Wales, the IT worker's mother, Pat, blasted Glan Clwyd hospital in north Wales for a "catalogue of errors" and the ombudsman recommended she be given £5,500 in compensation.

By Chris Stevenson