Hospital 'Sorry' for Paralyzing 14-Year-Old Girl (VIDEO)

sophie tylerSo, here's something that sucks. A 14-year-old girl has been left wheelchair-bound for life because a hospital accidentally paralyzed her from the waist down when she went in to have her gallstones removed.

When Sophie Tyler was admitted into the Birmingham, England hospital three years ago -- Birmingham Children's Hospital, just to get that out there -- it was supposed to be a routine surgery. But because of someone's carelessness, she's now a paraplegic. An anaesthetic needle put in her spine as an epidural was left there for two whole days. It wasn't until Sophie began complaining of numbness to her legs that it was removed -- but, by then, it was too late. The damage had been done. And the hospital is finally admitting it made a mistake. If you can call something so grave a "mistake."

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Dr. Vin Diwakar, chief medical officer at Birmingham Children's Hospital, recently said:

We are deeply sorry for the unimaginable distress we have caused Sophie and her family as a result of the care she received at our hospital three years ago. The care we provided fell below our usual high standards and since then we have implemented a whole series of changes to try to ensure that this never happens again.

Fell below their usual high standards? I hate to think of what their usual high standards are, because this isn't something that "fell below," this is something that plummeted.

Since the admission of the hospital's "blunder," compensation for Sophie has begun being negotiated. Unfortunately, there really is no amount of money that can ever compensate for what happened to this poor girl.

Although Sophie is taking a positive approach -- she still plans on heading off to college and doing the things most 17-year-olds do -- her life will never be the same. I mean, can you imagine being told you're never going to walk again -- for no reason -- at 14 years old? Heartbreaking.

Hopefully, Sophie will be able to be a positive influence on other young girls in her position -- and a deterrent to anyone ever thinking of going to Bingham Children's Hospital. 

Check out an interview with Sophie.

How sad is this?

 

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