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£1.3m payout from NHS after boy left disabled at birth

An 11-year-old boy who was left disabled after being starved of oxygen at birth has won a £1.3m payout.

And he and his family have also received a public apology from the NHS.

The youngster was stricken by hypoxia during the final stages of his mother’s labour and his legal team argued he would have escaped injury had he been delivered as an emergency case just 20 minutes earlier.

The judge in the schoolboy’s case approved a £1.3 million settlement – to be paid out by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Approving the settlement and wishing the boy and his family well for the future, the judge paid tribute to the parents for all the selfless care they had given him.

“I have great sympathy for the family,” he told the court.

The money will be held on trust for the boy until he reaches the age of 18 and will then be used to give him all the care and assistance he will need for the rest of his life.

Dr Barbara Crosse, medical director of the Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust, said: “On behalf of the trust I would like to offer my sincere apologies to the family.

“We are pleased that this has been settled with them and would take this opportunity to wish them well for the future.”

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