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Complainant Name:
Mr James Morgan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Scottish Sun

Complaint:

Mr James Morgan of Peterhead complained that an article about his health was inaccurate and misleading when it stated that his wife, after searching on the internet, had found the surgeon who would go on to perform a successful life-saving operation on him.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant in addition to making a donation to the Aberdeen Liver Fund:

‘I refer to the article headlined “Docs gave dad just a weekend to live…my wife wouldn’t let me die” which appeared in the 5 November 2007 edition of your paper and would wish to point out an inaccuracy in the article which I feel I must correct as a matter of urgency. The article stated that my wife Alison had searched the internet to find a heart surgeon willing to carry out life saving surgery. This was after two surgeons had refused to carry out the surgery as they said I was too ill to survive the major surgery required. I would like to take this opportunity to correct the agency journalist and your readers and point out that the heart surgeon Ciro Campanella was found due to the hard work, dedication and sterling efforts of the Liver Transplant Team at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and in particular Mr. Ernest Hidalgo, my liver transplant surgeon. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank them for their efforts without which I would not be alive today. Once again a heartfelt thanks for their efforts’.

Report: 77



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