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£400,000 for man 'who would eat himself to death'

A permanently hungry man, who would eat himself to death if not supervised 24 hours a day, is to receive £400,000 compensation from the NHS.

Daniel Williams, 24, has been left with craniopharyngioma, which affects the part of brain which controls appetite.

His doctors allegedly failed to diagnose a brain tumour for seven years.

Mr Williams was left with brain damage when doctors at Bristol Children's Hospital, then run by the former Avon Health Authority, did not spot the tumour until he was 12 years old, his mother Tracey Williams claims.

She said she is still angry that no-one had admitted liability or been brought to justice for the alleged mistake.

"I knew from the age of five that something was wrong with Daniel," she said. "He was always complaining that his head hurt and it got progressively worse. I kept telling the doctors that he had a problem, but nobody would listen to me. They all just thought I was being an over-protective mother," said Mrs Williams, from Bristol.

"When he was finally diagnosed as having a tumour in 1991, a lot of damage had already been done to his brain, which earlier treatment would have restricted."

She said the out-of-court settlement reached with the NHS Litigation Authority would help fund further treatment for her son, who lives most of the time at a specialist hospital in Nottingham but goes home for some weekends.

"The £400,000 will help, but what we really wanted was someone to admit liability because so many mistakes were made. It is no compensation for a life ruined. If this had been spotted earlier he would now have a better quality of life."

A spokeswoman for the new Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority said it had not denied liability for Daniel's condition.

Ananova: 15:47 Friday 10th October 2003




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