The family of an Albany teenager who died after being incorrectly treated for tonsillitis have received an out of court settlement from the Health Department following a two and a half year legal battle for compensation.
Coroner Alastair Hope found 17-year-old Kieran Watmore’s death in Albany hospital in 2008 was preventable and declared systematic deficiencies and a failure by nursing staff led to the tragedy.
The Watmore family abandoned court action against the State Government earlier this year in the hope of reaching an out of court settlement but there were fears the grieving family would face a further wait if it was not reached before the government went into caretaker mode.
The settlement was finalised last Tuesday, just one day before the establishemtn of caretaker provisions caused by the State election.
Jim Watmore, Kieran’s father, said the settlement was a recognition of the tireless advocacy by his family to effect change in the way health care was delivered in the region and state.
Mr Watmore thanked Health Minister Kim Hames but said the journey had been “strenuous and difficult” and the family were thankful their battle for answers was finally over.
“Kieran will always be part of our family and that will never change, nor will the circumstances that led to a catastrophic event ever be forgotten.”
Kieran Watmore died 15 hours after he was admitted to Albany Regional Hospital in 2008.
A coronial inquest found systemic deficiencies at the hospital led to the 17-year-old's death.