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Jul 18th, 2013, 13:02 PM  
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Debate: Now mother given dummy implant and paid £44,000 in compensation. Justified?

The implant according to the NHS website is over 99% effective if fitted right however one woman found herself pregnant after been given a dummy implant only used for training purpose. Do not insert into humans was printed on the package. The dummy implant gave her 0% protection and the woman gave birth to twins.

She won £44,000.

Was she right to claim compensation or is it completely outrageous?

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Jul 18th, 2013, 13:57 PM  
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Flipping heck (trying to be good and not swear ) first thoughts are yes she's right to claim, cos it's clinical negligence and she thought she should be covered. However, there is always that 0.1% chance with any contraception that it may fail. So I dunno actually, who's to say she wouldn't have fallen pregnant with a "proper" implant anyway?

I think I need to know more before I can properly decide! I have to ask though before I click, is it a mail link?!
Jul 18th, 2013, 14:41 PM  
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Well of course a regular implant has a chance of failure, but a dummy implant definitely will! I think she's entitled to the money because her life was irrevocably changed by doctor negligence. Sure, babies are a blessing but only when you want them.
Jul 18th, 2013, 14:53 PM  
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i think she was right seeking for compensation and i do hope she will use this money toward the children schools etc...its wonderful to have kids but can be expensive and if she was not expected them she should be compensate
Jul 18th, 2013, 15:22 PM  
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I think she deserves her compo, and i actually think she shouldve been awarded much more. Shes had to give up her manager job and care for and provide for these children without choice.
Yes she is blessed, but that wont clothe and feed them!
Jul 18th, 2013, 16:25 PM  
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I think she was justified in claiming the money as it was negligence of the doctors on a routine procedure. Hopefully she will use the money towards her twins, as kids are expensive!
Jul 19th, 2013, 09:18 AM  
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i'm torn on this, from what i understand she had the implant in for 3yrs, and was at the point of getting it replaced so surely it wasnt THAT ineffective because it had worked for the previous 3yrs?

Jul 19th, 2013, 09:53 AM  
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I honestly think she deserves more compensation. She had not financially planned to have kids and had no reason to believe the implant was not a good means of protection. If it was a working implant and not a dummy and she fell pregnant on that tiny chance of it happening,then you would just accept it as one of those things, albeit unlikely. But in this case the GP was negligent in not seeing it was a dummy. So she is blaming the GP and not the implant, which is entirely justified.

Jul 19th, 2013, 15:15 PM  
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But what if you were one of the unfortunate ones who fell pregnant whist on any other form of contraception?

I don't know what I think about it tbh
Jul 19th, 2013, 15:48 PM  
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I think she deserves compensation for the doctor's negligence. How could he not see the warning about not to be used in a human? What if this had been drugs labelled, "not to be used on a human"? What if she had died because of some substance contained in the device? We trust our doctors not to do anything to harm us and he did.
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