Hospital pays out over Sheffield grandmother’s death

Elsie Shimeld, 91, of Wadsley, died on September 9, 2007, nine days after an operation to clear fluid from her lung.
Elsie Shimeld, 91, of Wadsley, died on September 9, 2007, nine days after an operation to clear fluid from her lung.
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A HOSPITAL trust has settled out of court with the family of a 91-year-old Sheffield woman who died after an operation to remove fluids from her lung.

Grandmother-of-four Elsie Shimeld, of Wadsley, died on September 9, 2007, nine days after her lung was allegedly punctured during surgery.

Elsie’s son John, 56, claimed if the procedure had been carried using ultrasound his mother’s lung would not have been punctured.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust denied the allegations and liability for Elsie’s death remained in dispute throughout the proceedings. But the trust has now settled for an undisclosed fee, four weeks before a trial was due to take place at Sheffield County Court.

John, also from Wadsley, said: “If these steps had been taken she would still be with us.”

Mike Richmond, medical director at the trust, said: “Our staff always strive to achieve the best in patient care and I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Mrs Shimeld’s family.

“The clinical decisions taken had the support of independent medical experts and therefore, the trust denies the allegations.”