Sivasakthy Mahindan was left catastrophically brain damaged after doctors failed to note a blood clot in her leg. The clot moved into her lungs over the next few months, leading to her suffering hypoxic brain injury and being put on life support in February 2014. After 4 months in a coma she was transferred to two care facilities in a minimally conscious state until her death in October 2017.
Mr. Mahindan was denied access to his wife at the care home as a condition of his bail after the allegations of abuse by a care worker. After 19 months the police cleared him of all charges and the case was dropped. He was reunited with his wife for 9 months before her death. Kingston Hospital settled the claim and apologised, ensuring that they are putting measures in place to prevent the missing of a clot happening again.
Robert Wastell acted for Mr. Mahindan and was instructed by Arti Shah, Fieldfisher. Read more about the case in the Evening Standard here.