A WOMAN has been awarded more than £24,000 damages after a hospital admitted a delay in diagnosing and treating a perforated appendix which may have halved her chances of becoming pregnant.
The misdiagnosis and nine-and-a-half week delay at the Countess of Chester Hospital resulted in complications leading to five further admissions and a second operation, the High Court at Liverpool heard.
Kerry Anne McGovern, 15 at the time, suffered a lack of confidence, was unable to resit her GCSEs and went through hair and weight loss during 'a life-spoiling episode' lasting 15 months.
Miss McGovern, 23, of Hampton Road, Lache, successfully sued the hospital for damages alleging negligence, which had been admitted by the hospital.
Mrs Justice Steel said she was satisfied Miss McGovern had established that had the surgery been performed in April 1993 the further investigations and second laparotomy in February 1994 would not have been necessary.