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Soldier's £1.5m payout after snoring op

By Jan Colley

An outstanding soldier who had to leave the Army after an operation for his loud snoring had catastrophic medical consequences has been awarded £1.5m damages at the High Court.

Richard Downing was a warrant officer in the Army Air Corps with good prospects of being commissioned when he had the procedure in November 2006, said Sir David Eady in London. It made no difference to his snoring but was followed by an infection which led to arthritis and a disabling pain disorder.

Mr Downing, now 43, was discharged on medical grounds in August 2010 and it is unlikely he will ever work again.

For long periods, said the judge, he was effectively a "prisoner" in his home, and has been unable to participate in everyday household and family activities, while his social life was severely restricted.

Mr Downing, from Suffolk, brought an action against Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which agreed to compensate him on the basis of 63% liability, without any admissions being made.

The compensation includes £93,000 for pain, £435,000 for future accommodation and £343,650 for future care.

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