The family of a pregnant woman who died after she was sent home from hospital without proper treatment has won a £400,000 NHS payout.
Former Medway schoolgirl Rebecca Ben-Nejma, 28, collapsed in front of her teenage daughter, Charlotte, after staff at Maidstone Hospital failed to diagnose a lethal complication in her pregnancy.
Becky with husband Walid and son Bailey
When Rebecca, known as Becky, started suffering pains in her abdomen just days into her pregnancy, she was rushed to hospital. Doctors suspected an ectopic pregnancy, a potentially fatal condition in which the embryo implants outside the womb.
But it was a Friday afternoon and, instead of having the scan she urgently needed, she was sent home with painkillers. Two days later Becky collapsed and suffered a heart attack.
The former Walderslade Girls’ School pupil left Charlotte, 13, and son Bailey, 18 months.
Her husband Walid Ben-Nejma and her mother, Marion Mitchell, who was living in Rochester at the time of Becky’s death, launched legal proceedings against the NHS.
It was agreed earlier this year that the family would get a payout and the amount was settled this week by a judge at London’s High Court .
The family’s lawyer, Simon Cripland, told Judge David Higgins Becky’s sudden death meant Bailey, now four, had to live with his grandmother Mrs Mitchell during the week while his father worked nights.
Becky Ben-Nejma, with son Bailey, died after her ectopic pregnancy was misdiagnosed
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust accepted liability for Becky’s death and apologised.
Solicitor Harsha Shah said: “It is an extremely sad case and the trust hopes the settlement can give the family some comfort, although we appreciate that nothing can bring back the loss they have suffered.”
Mrs Mitchell said the damages could not “take away the hurt” but will help Charlotte and Bailey when they turn 18.
She added: “Nothing really covers the loss. I don’t think you can make sense of it, and you’ve just got to cope.”