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QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
| CHRISTINE BROWN (Widow and Executrix of the Estate of RONALD BROWN deceased)
|- and -
|DR. SHAHID HAMID
Mr Charles Foster (Counsel) (instructed by Browne Jacobson LLP) for the Defendant
Hearing dates: 22nd, 23rd, 24th October 2013
Crown Copyright ©
Mr Justice Jeremy Baker :
" .then there is no reason to suspect that his life expectancy would have been significantly reduced from 84 years."
"A diagnosis of pulmonary embolism could have been made soon after Mr Brown saw Dr Hamid in April 2007. If Warfarin had been commenced once a diagnosis had been made then there is every reason to expect that this would have had a beneficial effect upon reducing the impact of the pulmonary emboli that had already occurred, and that may have occurred subsequently. As such, the effect upon his quality of life and life expectancy would have been reduced. It is difficult to quantify this but considering the excellent clinical response that he had to treatment in 2003/04 there appears reason to suspect that his clinical course may have been different to that which transpired."
He went on to state that,
" .although there was some evidence of raised pulmonary pressure in April 2007; since Mr Brown had made an excellent clinical recovery in 2003 and 2004 (from a similar clinical presentation) then it was possible that he may have improved to a reasonable degree on this occasion too."
" I think that on balance of probabilities the progression would still have occurred but probably at a slower rate. The eventual outcome would have been the same but would have been delayed by an estimated 3 months."
" Mr Brown's subsequent symptoms and death would not have been prevented but would have been delayed by a period estimated as between 3 and 12 months."
" .it would have very likely resulted in Mr Brown living for up to one year longer than he did."