A hospital in Essex has paid out GBP 30,000 in injury compensation after a patient died following a medical blunder in which a surgical swab was left inside her body.
Iris Cole, 79, was admitted to Southend Hospital in 2007 after developing appendicitis and returned to the hospital nine months later, when an X-ray revealed that a swab had been left inside her, the Echo reports.
Although she had further surgery to correct the mistake, Ms Cole never recovered and died last year.
Her daughter, Christine Grindrod, received an injury compensation payout totalling GBP 30,000 after Southend Hospital settled her claim out of court.
"The hospital gave us £15,000 compensation and £15,000 costs," she told the newspaper.
"But no amount of money can compensate us for her loss."
Liverpool Women’s Hospital is currently facing injury compensation bills of around GBP 10 million after more than 100 women complained of botched bladder surgery.