A recent inquest into the death of a woman who was undergoing heart surgery has found that there were gross failings in providing blood to her during the procedure. A spelling mistake had caused a delay to the blood supply and the surgeon was not aware that blood was not available until he was performing the operation.
In the cases that we see, the cause of our client's injuries can be something as seemingly insignificant as a spelling mistake, but such errors can have very significant consequences for the people involved and their families.
A woman bled to death after a spelling mistake meant blood intended for her during an operation was sent back. Irmgard Cooper, 85, died at Northwick Park hospital in Harrow, north-west London, after blood supplies were severely delayed. An inquest on Friday at North London coroner’s court heard that her name had been spelt as Irngard instead of Irmgard, resulting in the delay. The surgeon had also not been told that no blood supplies were available during the operation until he was carrying out the procedure on 7 May last year.