On 8 May 2005, 61-year-old mother-of-two Sybil Warren was involved in an accident with a drunk driver.
Sybil was taken to Peterborough District Hospital with chest injuries after drink-driver Gytis Kakta pulled out in front of the car she was travelling in. However, after a 'series of medical failings," Sybil died a few days later.
Doctors failed to take a chest X-ray and missed the fact that her lung had collapsed. Even a specialist radiographer missed it the following day. Sybil's husband was assured that she had been given a chest X-ray and that there was nothing to worry about. Thus, when she went to her GP complaining of a painful chest, he put it down to her asthma.
It was not until her condition deteriorated further and she was re-admitted to hospital and the problem diagnosed. By then, Sybil was in intensive care. In theatre, when an emergency procedure was undertaken to remove excess air from Sybil's lung, a major artery was punctured and a little while later, Sybil was dead. An expert concluded that the incision was made with 'too great a force.'
A spokesman for Peterborough and Stamford NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust said:
'As a result of the road traffic accident last May, Sybil Warren sustained a number of injuries. Mrs Warren's health deteriorated and she was admitted to the intensive care unit as her condition was critical. Despite the best efforts of doctors and nursing staff, she unfortunately died.'
No apology from this 'best effort' bunch of Foundation Hospital luvvies, then.
Kakta was jailed for 18 months after admitting causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.
After sentencing, Mike Warren, Sybil's husband, said:
"Kakta has kicked me in the teeth, the judge has kicked me in the teeth and he’ll be out in eight months."
Mike forgot to mention the fact that the medical staff at Peterborough District Hospital also kicked him in the teeth.
The ethnicity of these was never made known.
Sybil is is pictured below: