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Family of tragic mother in compensation victory

PUBLISHED: 16:35 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 August 2010

THE widower and children of a woman who died from acute peritonitis in hospital - following a family holiday to Spain - won £272,000 compensation from the NHS.

THE widower and children of a woman who died from acute peritonitis in hospital - following a family holiday to Spain - won £272,000 compensation from the NHS.

Mum-of-three, Marina Grimwood, of South Eden Park, Beckenham, was aged just 39 when she died tragically at Croydon's Mayday Hospital in June 2003.

Left to grieve were her husband, Nigel, and her children, James, Gemma and Billy, now aged 21, 17 and 11 respectively.

Even before the family went on their Spanish holiday, Mrs Grimwood - a devoted mother and wife who had just set up a flourishing ceramics business when she died - had been suffering a high temperature and sore throat and had been put on antibiotics by her GP.

However, by the time they returned on June 4, 2003, she was suffering abdominal pain which was so severe that she had to be rushed to hospital that night by ambulance.

She died in the Mayday Hospital's intensive care unit in the early hours of June 6, 2003.

Her family sued the hospital's managers - Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust - claiming her condition was misdiagnosed and mistreated. And last Thursday, during a brief hearing at London's High Court, the Trust agreed to settle the family's claim for £272,000.

Modest sums from that total will be invested on behalf of Gemma and Billy - as they are still minors - in memory of their mother.

Approving the settlement, Mrs Justice Dobbs told Mr Grimwood: "This was a tragic accident that leaves you with responsibility for the two children. I hope this award will go some way to making your life easier and please accept the good wishes of the court.

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