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Birth Delay Boy, Aged Six, Wins £3.8 Million NHS Pay-Out

Published: 13 June 2013, in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Lawyers have succeeded in obtaining a £3.8 million compensation pay-out for a six-year-old boy whose brain was starved of oxygen due to a delay in his caesarean delivery at an NHS hospital.

In approving the settlement, a judge said that she was ‘deeply humbled’ by the unstinting care given to the boy by his parents.

The boy was delivered at Walsgrave Hospital, in Coventry, in April 2007 and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, entailing severe cognitive and motor difficulties, soon afterwards. He suffers from severe visual impairment and profound learning difficulties and will require a high level of care throughout his life.

His lawyers argued that, had he been delivered promptly, he would have been spared significant injury. By the time he was brought into the world, he was ‘floppy and white’ and his heart rate was drastically reduced. University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust admitted full liability for his injuries and issued a public apology to him and his family in open court.

Under the terms of the settlement, the trust will pay a lump sum of £1.8 million, plus index-linked and tax-free annual sums to cover the enormous costs of his care for the rest of his life. Those payments will start at £145,000 and rise to £185,350 when he reaches the age of 19. The total value of the settlement was estimated at £3.8 million.

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