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Clinic fined €500,000 after failing to diagnose heart attack

A private clinic was ordered to pay €500,000 after a court ruled the doctors and medical staff were responsible for causing permanent health damage to a woman due to a misdiagnosis.

The plaintiff, a 40-year-old woman, sued the clinic following an incident on Mardis Gras in 2009, when she went to the private clinic to get treatment after suffering what later was described as a mild heart attack.

Doctors and medical staff there failed to diagnose the woman correctly, not realising she had suffered a myocardial infarction. As a result, she now has a weaker heart that underperforms compared to a normal heart.

The judge at the Limassol District Court also heard that it took 15 hours for medical staff at the clinic to get the diagnosis correctly and recognise they were dealing with a myocardial infarction.

But it was too late and the damage was permanent.

The judge ruled that the clinic was guilty of medical negligence and awarded a settlement for the plaintiff to the tune of half a million euros, after taking into account both medical facts as well as actual facts in the case.

Myocardial infarction (MI) or acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as a heart attack, occurs when blood flow stops to a part of the heart causing damage to the heart muscle.



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