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NHS payout for heart attack victim

PUBLISHED: 12:07 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:14 25 August 2010

A WOMAN whose lawyers blamed devastating injuries on negligent treatment by a Kent ambulance crew has won £300,000 in agreed damages at London s High Court.

A WOMAN whose lawyers blamed devastating injuries on negligent treatment by a Kent ambulance crew has won £300,000 in agreed damages at London's High Court.

Carole Jones, of Coldharbour Farm, London Road, Farningham, had a heart attack which resulted in brain damage on March 13, 2002.

The 58-year-old's legal team, headed by barrister Henry Charles, claimed that Miss Jones should have received defibrillation - an electrical shock to her heart.

Agreeing to settle Ms Jones' claim Kent Ambulance NHS Trust today passed on their best wishes to Miss Jones.

The court heard that Miss Jones fell ill at around 8am on March 13, and within half an hour an ambulance had been called to help, arriving in minutes.

Just before nine o'clock, Miss Jones suffered a heart attack and was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation by the ambulance crew for two minutes but no defibrillation.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Tomlinson said: "Ambulance staff were faced with a very difficult decision and they did what they thought was for the best.


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