FCE Exam Help- practice materials, Reading Part 6
You are going to read a newspaper article about a mother whose two children are disabled. Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A-G the one which fits each gap (37-42). There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use. Mark your answers on the separate answer sheet.
Mother’s fight over hospital errors
A woman, Susanna Rehit, whose two children were both left severely brain-damaged following numerous errors made by the same hospital, has won a £16 million legal battle against the Health Care Service (HCS) in the UK. Susanna was left devastated in 1993 when her first child Melanie was born severely disabled at the former St. Mary’s hospital in Yorkshire. (37)……. . It is a neurological condition that affects movement and co-ordination and is often caused by brain damage, during or shortly after birth. This unfortunate event left Melanie unable to live independently, work or do any of the things the rest of us take for granted.
When Mrs Rehit became pregnant with her second child, less than two years later, she was reassured the same mistakes would not be repeated. (38)……. . When Paul was delivered at the same hospital, identical errors were made, leaving her son brain damaged and severely disabled like his older sister.
According to Susana’s solicitor, Samantha Reed, Mrs Rehit is the first person to be the victim of two such catastrophic misconducts. Mrs Reed, who represented the family against the former hospital, was shocked by this unprecedented situation which clearly was as a consequence of negligence made by the same hospital maternity team.
Recently, after almost 20 years of unpleasant investigation and trials Mrs Rehit has been awarded a multi-million compensation on behalf of her children. (39)……. . Mrs Rehit’s daughter’s case took much longer to investigate and conclude because it was so complicate and liability was vigorously debated. HCS spokesperson stated that the compensation had been agreed with the family which would assist in meeting the children’s current and future care needs for life. An important factor of this financial settlement is that it will ensure Melanie and Paul receive excellent ongoing care that will not ever be affected by local or national budget cuts.
Mrs Rehit, who is divorced from Melanie and Paul’s father and has since remarried, said: “My children have been through so much in their lives and it has been heart-breaking to see them suffer at times due to the injuries they were left with. However, with the settlement of Melanie’s case I am relieved that I no longer have to worry about what will happen when I am not here any more. (40)……. . However, it deeply upsets me to think about any other families going through the same ordeal and having to fight hospital trusts to help children they have failed.”
A third child of Mrs Rehit, Andy, now 15, was born at Park Royal Hospital in London without any complications. (41)……. . His lifelong ambition is to continue to help disabled people in his working life, after helping care for his siblings at home.
It seems that the case of Mrs Rehit’s children is not the only one. (42)……. . A High Court judge said it was agreed by all sides that Crystal Smith’s birth at Lincoln’s Hospital in January 2002 had been “negligently mishandled” leaving her facing a lifetime of dependence and requiring a multi-million payout to support him. The final figure has yet to be settled but lawyers expect it to be around £15.2 million, making it one of the highest awards ever made by a British court in a medical negligence case.
A But the promise was an empty one.
B He is now training to become a nurse.
C In 2012, the HCS Authority agreed to pay £7 million for Paul’s care and have recently awarded Mrs Rehit further £9 million for Melanie.
D In 2015 a 13-year-old girl, who was left catastrophically disabled by being starved of oxygen during her birth, is expected to receive almost £15 million in damages from the HCS.
E However Susanna is an incredible mother who has dedicated her life to caring for Melanie and Paul and has conducted herself with great dignity throughout their cases.
F After she was starved of oxygen at birth, Melanie was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy.
G I feel at ease knowing that both will have access to the specialist care they need and deserve.