Jan 29 2013
A High Court judge has awarded an undisclosed settlement to the family of a man who died during a botched knee operation.
Louis Belcuore died during surgery to remove cartilage from his knee at a Shropshire hospital in October 2009.
His widow, Penny Belcuore, speaking after the hearing at the High Court in Birmingham on Tuesday, said it had been "a long slog".
She added: "I'm relieved today is over and it's finally come to an end."
Mr Belcuore, a 43-year-old businessman, was being treated for a worn cartilage when the operation went drastically wrong as air got into his blood vessels, causing an embolism.
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, which was ordered to pay the undisclosed sum, has previously apologised to the family.
In a statement, a spokesman for the hospital trust said: "The Trust made an early admission of liability and the parties' lawyers have been working together to achieve settlement for Mrs Belcuore and her children which has now been approved by the court.
"The Trust deeply regrets the tragic loss of Mr Belcuore's life and offers its sincere apologies to Mrs Belcuore and her family and would like to wish them well for the future."
Mr Belcuore left two young daughters, aged five and six, and a son, now two.
Victoria Blankstone, a medical law and patients' rights expert at solicitors Irwin Mitchell, said: "Today is a difficult day for Louis's family. While Penny is relieved the approval hearing means their three young children will be properly provided for financially, nothing can turn back the clock and the fact remains Louis's death remains the most appalling and needless tragedy."