Stoke & Staffordshire

Hospital settles Stafford mother's poor care claim

Candi Kaya
Candi Kaya can no longer work and is said to be in constant pain, following the birth of her daughter in 2008

A six-figure settlement has been agreed for a woman who suffered life-changing injuries caused by mistakes when she gave birth at Stafford Hospital.

Doctors failed to see damage to Candi Kaya's bladder during a Caesarean section and left it untreated for six days, her lawyers Irwin Mitchell said.

Ms Kaya, 43, suffered blood clots and subsequent depression, it added.

The trust said it was "extremely sorry" for distress caused following the procedure which took place in 2008.

Ms Kaya, from west Stafford, was admitted to hospital on 4 June 2008 to undergo a planned Caesarean with her fourth child, daughter Hani.

'Bomb going off'

She was not taken for further surgery to repair her bladder until the sixth day by which time she had developed urinary peritonitis which had caused her bowel to rupture.

Ms Kaya had to undergo a number of operations but subsequently suffered an incisional hernia necessitating further treatment, Irwin Mitchell said.

She said: "I had like stabbing pain one minute, then it would be burning, then it would feel like there was a bomb going off inside my stomach."

Irwin Mitchell said Ms Kaya now had "significant" scarring and continued to suffer "with problems from the blood clots".

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust said it "accepted from an early stage" that treatment did not meet the standard which she was entitled to expect and "this led to a number of severe complications".

Chief executive Maggie Oldham said: "We are committed to taking action to improve our practices where incidents such as this occur."

She said steps had been taken to strengthen the supervision of doctors coming into the trust.

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