It was supposed to be a routine surgery, but it turned out to be the worst nightmare to the unlucky woman. Unexpected complications caused her permanent brain damage and nailed her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. 40-year-old journalist Paschalini N. didn’t give up her efforts to find justice, despite her tremendous psychological burden.
She won the legal battle against the German hospital where she had the surgery, a case that attracted even Bild journalists’ attention who made a special reference to the court verdict.
The hospital is now obliged a huge compensation for the medical mistake that dramatically changed her life.
Athens-born Paschalini who had studied media in Germany and worked as a foreign correspondent decided to visit the German hospital Marienkrankenhaus in Herne to remove a benign cyst from her thyroid gland. A routine surgery by a German expert would change her life and career forever, reports the German newspaper.
After the operation she started bleeding and presented breathing difficulties. The doctors were late to respond to the post-surgical complications, according to the court verdict.
That resulted in the necessary oxygen supply being stopped causing a stroke. The irreversible brain damage she suffered left her comatose for four months. When she finally woke up, she was unable to move her legs. She is in a wheelchair ever since.
The court decided that Paschalini will receive a 430,000 Euro-compensation lump sum and a monthly pension of 15,900 Euro for the rest of her life.