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Heart op teens awarded compensation

9th May 2011

Two teenagers have been awarded £500,000 each in compensation for heart treatment they received as babies which left them with disabilities.

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Kristian Dixon and Jessica Johnson were given a total of £1 million by the High Court.

Jessica Johnson was operated on in 1993 and 1995 at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Kristian Dixon had heart surgery in 1992.

United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust stated that the settlements with the two "without admission of liability".

Sarah Paneth, the trust's counsel, said they were hopeful that the compensation would let the two teenagers have "secure and fulfilling" futures.

Bristol Royal Infirmary was the focal point of a scandal in the 1990s, when there were high paediatric death rates at the hospital.

A public inquiry into the deaths found that between 1991-1995 the death rate for babies under the age of one who were treated at the hospital was double that of babies operated on in other units in England.

Mr Justice Owen at the High Court, who approved the awards, said that both families of the two teenagers "deserved the greatest credit for the devoted care given over the years".


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