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The Public Services Ombudsman has ordered one of Wales leading hospitals to pay £5,000 compensation to the family of a 30-year-old Rhyl man who died, needlessly, from liver disease.
Carl Nolan was born with cirrosis of the liver and diagnosed with the condition a decade before he died - but no-one told him of the findings until it was too late.
Today Wales' medical ombudsman ruled that Carl's death was wholly avoidable.
Peter Tyndall, The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales says Carl Nolan could have had a liver transplant had his liver disease been diagnosed earlier.
A north Wales health board says the treatment given to Carl Nolan, who died of liver disease at the age of 30, was not up to scratch:
A man who was born with liver disease died at the age of 30 following a catalogue of errors by his local health board which - ultimately - prevented him from having a transplant.
Unbeknown to him Carl Nolan had cirrhosis - a life threatening condition - but when he became ill and visited Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwddyn, Denbighshire, staff failed to tell him about his complaint and he went without any medical treatment for several years.
Eventually when his liver was failing Mr Nolan was admitted to hospital but died three days later.
In a report published today the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales says: "Had he been treated three days earlier, Mr Nolan should have recovered from the infection and had a chance of receiving a liver transplant. This opportunity to survive and flourish was denied to him."
Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board has agreed to write to Mr Nolan's family to acknowledge its failings and pay them £5,500.