Two teenagers, who claimed to have suffered disability following heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary when they were children, have each had heart surgery medical negligence compensation awards of 500,000 pounds approved in the High Court.
The teenagers – Kristian Dixon (19) and Jessica Johnson (18) – were both infants when undergoing heart surgery at the hospital in 1992 and 1993 respectively. Mr Dixon alleged that brain damage sustained when he was sixteen months caused cognitive and learning difficulties, while Ms Johnson has required permanent care ever since her heart surgery.
It was claimed at the High Court in London that both had sustained extensive brain damage due to professional misconduct by Surgeon Mr James Wisheart and hospital manager Dr John Roylance – who were struck off following a review into the deaths of 29 babies at the hospital between 1988 and 1995 – and Dr Janardan Dhasmana, who was barred from performing heart surgery at a disciplinary hearing in 1999.
In approving the awards, which were agreed by United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust without admission of liability, Mr Justice Owen commended the families of both teenagers for the devoted care they had given over the years.