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 Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 08:16 GMT
Hospital pay-out after mother's death
Lisa Gilbey and her two children
Lisa Gilbey died at a hospital in Harlow
A hospital, accused of contributing to the death of a young mother, has reached a 200,000 out-of-court settlement with her family.

An inquest into the death of a Lisa Gilbey at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, found neglect was a contributory factor.

Ms Gilbey died when doctors failed to diagnose she had a brain tumour.

Her two children are now being raised by her mother.

Crippling headache

The hospital's NHS trust has admitted mistakes were made and an out of court settlement of more than 200,000 has been reached with Ms Gilbey's family.

The trust has also sincerely appologised to the family.

Shop assistant Ms Gilbey, of Harlow, was admitted to the hospital barely conscious and suffering from a crippling headache in November 2000.

Doctors were unaware that she was suffering from a massive build up of spinal fluid in her skull caused by a cyst.

'Gross failure'

They did not carry out a brain scan, thinking Ms Gilbey might have taken a drug overdose, the Chelmsford inquest heard.

Jurors decided Ms Gilbey had died of natural causes to which neglect had contributed.

Assistant deputy coroner Dr Andrew Reid had told the jurors before they retired: "There's been neglect if there has been a gross failure to provide basic medical attention to someone in a dependent position who cannot provide it for themselves."


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