Isle of Wight hospital’s misdiagnosis left man disabled

06 June 2018 – BBC News

A former triathlete was awarded £1.5m after an NHS misdiagnosis left him permanently disabled.

Matthew Smith, 53, from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, slipped on ice and twisted his back in 2014. As a result of that fall, he was left with permanent spinal damage after his treatment at St Mary’s Hospital and Southampton General Hospital was delayed by three days.

He now spends much of his time in a horizontal wheelchair or bed. Isle of Wight NHS Trust has since apologised.

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