Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Court Clash over Mam's Hospital Death; Showdown over Tragedy Which Robbed Sons of Mother

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Court Clash over Mam's Hospital Death; Showdown over Tragedy Which Robbed Sons of Mother

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Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER

A HOSPITAL tragedy is to be played out in court as a husband claims a medical error robbed his sons of their mam.

Samantha Harrison, 38, died just days after undergoing a complicated new procedure at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital in October 2007.

Her widower Michael has now launched a criminal negligence claim at the High Court, and said he is determined to make sure every question about her death is answered.

The 41-year-old, who lives in Crawcrook, Gateshead, with sons Jack, 12, and James, 10, believes medics failed to prescribe Samantha the right drugs after her operation, leading to her developing a fatal blood clot.

"I know no-one set out to hurt her," Michael said. "I am not looking to place blame. I just want to know whether my wife was given the standard of care she should have had.

"I am only doing this for the sake of the boys, so that when they get older I can say to them I did everything I could to get to the bottom of what happened to their mum."

Job centre worker Samantha had the ablation procedure to try to remedy an erratic heartbeat, she was healthy, but had been troubled by occasional palpitations for several years.

The operation, which involved a series of burns being applied to the muscles of her heart to isolate rogue electrical impulses, went smoothly. "But a few days later Samantha collapsed. I am looking blame. want whether wife was the care she have Michael called an ambulance, but there was nothing paramedics could do. The mum-of-two had suffered a blood clot which fatally blocked her artery.

Samantha, who grew up in Surrey, had been prescribed blood-thinning medicine Warfarin before and after her operation, to help prevent clots - but that takes several days to have an effect.

Michael's solicitor Euan Lockhart, of Davies and Partners, said Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had failed to give Samantha the correct medication.

"International guidelines all say that patients should be given anti-coagulants to avoid the risk of a clot. …

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