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Paraplegic wins $3m payout for misdiagnosis

Wednesday, May 5, 2004
ABC News

A South Australian woman crippled after a specialist's misdiagnosis 30 years ago has won a damages payout of $3.2 million.

Vivien Kaye Waller, 49, of Kangaroo Island, became wheelchair bound in the late1980s when a cyst in her spine went untreated.

She had been misdiagnosed as suffering from multiple sclerosis in 1975.

In the District Court she sued the Flinders Medical Centre and specialist neurologist Richard Burns.

Today Judge Robert Lunn said if the cyst had been properly identified and removed, Mrs Waller would not have become a paraplegic.

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