This article was published on December 30th, 2015
Brighton & Sussex NHS Trust has admitted liability and apologised for causing the brain damage of a five year old boy. Unfortunately the midwifery team did not correctly identify that the mothers umbilical cord had prolapsed and the baby was starved of oxygen for some time.
The investigation revealed that if the baby had been born 11 minutes earlier then this tragedy could have been avoided but because of the midwifes error, the baby suffered asphyxia and cerebral palsy affecting all four of his limbs.
The High Court heard that in spite of his injuries the 5 year old has a ‘considerable degree of preserved intellect’, and was enjoying school but needed specialist support for his education in order to fulfill his potential.
The compensation pay-out will provide the boy with specialist care and rehabilitation for the whole of his life time and also compensates his family for loss of earnings as a result of providing his care and also provision of specialist education costs.
Money is often no consolation for such a tragic incident but sadly medical negligence like this does sometimes happen and the compensation is invaluable when it comes to providing support to the injured party and their family. If you have been unfortunate enough to have experienced a traumatic experience in hospital then contact us now at Thorneycroft Solicitors today for a free no-obligation assessment of your case on 0800 1979 345 or complete our online enquiry form.
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