Boy receives brain damage compensation
His mother, who was suffering from pre-eclampsia – which is a combination of high blood pressure, fluid retention, and protein in the urine – was admitted to Princess Royal Hospital for an induced labour.
Clinical negligence solicitors acting on behalf of the family told the High Court that hospital staff failed to suitably monitor her and the baby’s progress during this time.
The infant’s heart rate was not checked for more than twelve hours. Had it been checked, staff would have realised that he was being starved of oxygen and needed to be delivered by emergency caesarean section.
The brain injury caused by oxygen starvation means that the young boy is reliant on a wheelchair, suffers from cerebral palsy, and can only communicate using specialist equipment which tracks his eye movements.
A spokesperson for the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust states, “We have previously admitted full liability for the brain injury [the boy] sustained at the time of his birth in March 2006.
“We are exceptionally sorry for the pain and distress caused to [the boy] and his family as a result of the unacceptably poor care he received. We have learnt lessons from what happened and changed practice as a result.”
The family have received £8.5m in brain damage compensation, which should help them pay for specialist equipment, a new wheelchair-accessible home, ongoing physiotherapy, his education, and support.