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Grieving dad finally gets answers

Friday December 11 2015

Kirsty Woods Kirsty Woods

A GRIEVING dad has finally been given answers and a five-figure compensation payout after his daughter died in hospital.

Bernard Woods’ 30-year-old daughter Kirsty died in 2010, and Barnsley Hospital has now agreed to pay compensation after a legal battle.

Bernard, 65, said: “It might be more than five years since she died, but the pain is still there every day.

"The money means nothing to me. I just wanted to know what really happened to my beautiful daughter.”

Kirsty, who had Irritable Bowel Syndrome, had moved in with her dad to look after him and his father, after her mother’s death in 2008.

She was admitted to Barnsley Hospital with sickness and diarrhoea but died of peritonitis almost two weeks later.

“It’s painful to lose someone so young and so close, but to wait more than five years to find out what really happened has been awful.”

Andrew Harrison, a medical negligence solicitor with Raleys, represented the family.

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Reply Posted by Bernie woods on Monday December 14 2015 at 00:48
May I point out that any answers that I have been given have not come from Barnsley hospital. What I have found out as being fact I have done so with the help of Andrew Harrison from Raleys solicitors and the findings of medical expert reports. The compensation is irrelevant and at best only amounts to a little above an average years salary. What is perhaps more concerning is the time spent in denying causation which in my case has been five years. During that time legal fees are in excess of two hundred thousand pounds. All that the hospital has admitted so far is that kirstys care fell below standard. Though I knew from the very beginning that something had gone terribly wrong. I had to rely on solicitors and medical experts to find out what.

Reply Posted by Michelle on Monday December 14 2015 at 15:45
Im sorry for your loss bernie, cant imagine how your feeling, I hope you it gives you some comfort in finally knowing what happened. R.I.P kirsty gone but never forgotten.