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Compensated for medical mistake

Reykjavík District Court ruled yesterday that two doctors whose treatment resulted in brain damage in a 28-year-old woman are to pay millions in compensation.

According to Morgunbladid, the Court ruled that the doctors had made preventable mistakes during the administration of anesthesia to the patient during surgery five years ago. They are to pay the woman ISK 23.3 millions (EUR 255,910, USD 340,345) in compensation.

The woman was having a breast implant surgery when her heart stopped shortly after being put under. A plastic surgeon and an anesthesiologist were in the operating room along with two nurses but could not revive the patient until an ambulance arrived with a defibrillator.

Due to cardiac arrest the woman’s brain was deprived of oxygen and she suffered severe brain damage; memory loss, impaired organizing capabilities and a change in personality, and a physical condition hindering the woman from doing physical work.

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