Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Amount of Money Can Bring Kelly Back; Mum Hits out at Hospital Chiefs over Death

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Amount of Money Can Bring Kelly Back; Mum Hits out at Hospital Chiefs over Death

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Byline: TOM MULLEN

A GRIEVING mum today criticised hospital bosses who admitted errors were made treating her daughter who died from a hidden heart condition.

Marion Donald's life was turned upside down when her 27-year-old daughter Kelly was struck down with chest pains.

The fun-loving girl, who was due to be married, was diagnosed with clots in her heart and told she needed a heart transplant.

Just days later she died fromzxs a stroke caused by the clots, leaving the family, from Bedlington Station, Northumberland, in despair. A second tragedy hit the family when Mrs Donald's husband, Steve, 60, also died from a stroke.

Hospital bosses have admitted that Kelly's ECG scans were not correctly interpreted and the condition may not have been spotted at the earliest opportunity. They have offered Mrs Donald a settlement of pounds 6,000 after the 55-year-old took legal action.

But she has branded the money an "insult" and said she has not received an apology from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

She said: "The money is meaningless. It wouldn't matter if it was pounds 6,000 or pounds 6m - no amount can bring Kelly back.

"I always had a mother's instinct that something was wrong. My husband said not to do anything about it and there was no point in raking everything up again.

"I think he was worried about what we might have found out.

"But I didn't want to be left wondering for the rest of my life."

Solicitors and experts acting for Mrs Donald maintain that if the ECG scans were properly analysed then clot-busting drugs and therapy could have saved her life.

The hospital trust does not accept that Kelly's death could have been prevented, but nevertheless they have offered the cash settlement after admitting a "breach of duty". The ECGs were taken at Wansbeck District Hospital before Kelly was transferred to Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and later Newcastle General Hospital where she died on December 16, 2006. …

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