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Darren McDermott wins payout after MRi failure to spot aneurysm

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A former boxing champion has won damages after a potentially fatal brain aneurysm was missed on his annual screening and later ruptured.


Darren McDermott was given the all clear and relicensed to box following his British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) mandated annual medical and MRI scan in March 2010.



Five months later, he was sparring with former two-time world light-heavyweight champion boxer Nathan Cleverly when the undetected ruptured as he received a blow to the head.


The father-of-two from Dudley, West Midlands, was 'turned away from A&E three times in 10 days' as he was told he simply had concussion.


But nearly two weeks later a scan revealed a bleed on the brain and he was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, for emergency surgery where doctors discovered the huge aneurysm when they removed some of his skull.


Mr McDermott, who was known as the 'Black Country Bodysnatcher', has been left with life-changing brain damage which ended his career.


The 39-year-old struggles with memory loss and depression and is cared for by his wife.


Darren McDermott wins payout after scan failed to detect brain aneurysm | Daily Mail Online

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