A businessman who says his wife’s devastating stroke could have been avoided with a simple dose of aspirin is now battling the NHS for £300,000 damages.
Julie Robinson was poleaxed by a crippling stroke after being sent home from Swindon’s Great Western Hospital on December 9, 2010, London’s High Court heard.
But her QC, Peter Skelton, claimed the stroke and its grim consequences could have been averted had medics given her a 300mg dose of aspirin.
Instead, the mother-of-two suffered the stroke at home the day after her hospital discharge, resulting in loss of intellect, acute psychological distress and immobility.
At the age of just 59, Mrs Robinson tragically died of cancer at the end of last year, the court heard, in an entirely unrelated development.
But her widower, Edward Robinson, 59, has now picked up the baton and is suing over the catastrophic effects of her stroke.
Mrs Robinson had played a key role in helping her husband run his office furniture business before her life was ripped apart by the stroke.
He had to step in to help care for his stricken wife, and also suffered post-traumatic stress disorder having watched her succumb to the stroke.
As a result Mr Robinson, of Fairford, Gloucestershire, is also suing for the shock he endured after witnessing the “horror” of his wife’s collapse.
He is seeking damages from the Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which disputes liability.
The NHS Trust has admitted that Mrs Robinson should have been given 300mg of aspirin before she left hospital “or prescribed the drug as a take-home medication”.
But one of the key issues in the case is whether a timely dose of aspirin would have prevented the stroke.
Medical experts instructed by the NHS Trust say the outcome would probably have been the same, with or without the aspirin.
Mr Robinson is also critical of the earlier care his wife received at the hospital in October 2010, when she was admitted with a perforated pelvic abscess.
They say a failure to carry out prompt surgery at the time may have “contributed” to her stroke two months later.
The High Court hearing continues.
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