A bizarre and tragic double-death is leading to a compensation claim against the South London Healthcare NHS Trust. The claim is being handled by the Clinical Negligence team at Devonshires Solicitors in London.
Online PR News – 21-February-2011 – – Father of two young children, Charles Kabagambe, is seeking compensation from South London Healthcare NHS Trust after his wife, Charity Kabagambe died following a catalogue of errors by staff at the A&E department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, back in June 2006. What makes this case even more distressing is that his previous partner, Anne Atwine-Bagamuhoora, died in August 2002 following treatment at the same hospital due to complications arising out of her pregnancy. They were engaged to be married at the time of her death.
Mr Kabagambe came to the UK from Uganda. He met his wife, Charity, and they married in April 2003. Charity began to complain of headaches in May 2006. She attended the A&E Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich on four occasions in the space of just 11 days between 24 May and 3 June. On each occasion doctors failed to examine her properly and she was sent home repeatedly with medication and a diagnosis of migraines.
Charity returned to the A&E Department for the fifth and final time on 5th June 2006. On this occasion she was correctly referred to the medical team for a CT scan. A CT scan was performed that same day. Sadly, this was incorrectly reported as normal despite clearly showing signs of raised intracranial pressure. Further tests were ordered, including the lumbar puncture test that would kill her.
If the scan had been interpreted correctly, doctors would have been alerted to the fact that a lumbar puncture was likely to be fatal. Nevertheless, doctors proceeded with this test causing Charity to suffer respiratory and cardiac arrest. She was rushed to intensive care before passing away at 2115 hours on 8th June 2006, the cause of death having been given as hypoxic brain injury.
clinical negligence specialist and Partner at Devonshires solicitors, London, Nick Grant, said, “This is an incredibly tragic case which has left two young children without their mother. We are assisting Mr Kabagambe with his claim so that the family can be assured that nothing like this is likely to happen to anyone else and so that they can regain some financial security following these very difficult times.”
Mr Kabagambe, who lives near Greenwich and works for the Home Office, is now left to care for his two young children, Charity (9) and Hope (8).
“Charity’s death has left me devastated and has changed my life forever”, says Mr Kabagambe. “I am struggling to look after my children with the shifts I am working and the kids miss their mum. It is made worse knowing that her death was avoidable.”
South London Healthcare NHS Trust have admitted liability for Charity’s death and Mr Kabagambe received a letter of apology in July last year from Chief Executive, Chris Streather.
"The apology from the hospital trust is helpful," explained Mr Kabagambe, "However, it is not going to bring my wife back."
Mr Kabagambe’s claim against hospital Trust continues.