Hospi­tal’s pay­out to brain-dam­aged boy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ETADAMU

A YOUNG boy who suf­fered dev­as­tat­ing brain dam­age dur­ing his birth has re­ceived a £ .3 mil­lion pay­out from Peter­bor­ough’s hospi­tal provider.

The 15-year-old was left with cere­bral palsy af­ter un­nec­es­sary de­lays to his de­liv­ery at Peter­bor­ough Ma­ter­nity Unit in 1996.

Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust yes­ter­day apol­o­gised to the boy - who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons - and his par­ents and agreed to pay dam­ages of £2.3 mil­lion at London’s High Court.

The trust will also pay sub­stan­tial an­nual, in­dex-linked and tax-free pay­ments to cover the huge costs of his care for the rest of the life.

The boy’s mother was ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal when 35-weeks preg­nant APOL­OGY: Med­i­cal di­rec­tor John Ran­dall. af­ter suf­fer­ing a spon­ta­neous rup­ture dur­ing an oth­er­wise nor­mal preg­nancy.

De­spite her baby’s heart rate drop­ping and ris­ing over the fol­low­ing hours, the baby was not de­liv­ered un­til nearly 24 hours af­ter ad­mis­sion and was not breath­ing when he came into the world.

The tot was re­sus­ci­tated 10 min- utes later, but was left with per­ma­nent brain dam­age. Doc­tors say he will never be able to work and will need sig­nif­i­cant care for the rest of his life.

Af­ter the trust ad­mit­ted li­a­bil­ity for his in­juries, trust bar­ris­ter Neil Block QC said: “Noth­ing can bring back what you re­ally want, noth­ing can turn back the clock, although we hope lessons have been learnt.

“Money can never re­place what you and your son have lost but we hope this set­tle­ment will re­move one worry from your shoul­ders.

“It is clear to us that, over the last 15 or so years, you have pro­vided lov­ing and de­voted care, which one can only stand back and ad­mire and which has had a very pos­i­tive ef­fect for your son.”

Ap­prov­ing the com­pen­sa­tion set­tle­ment, se­nior judge Mr Jus­tice Walker praised the way the boy’s par­ents have han­dled the tragedy.

He told the court: “I pay trib­ute to him for cop­ing in his own fash­ion with all that has be­fallen him, and I pay trib­ute to all those who are con- trib­ut­ing to his care.

“In this re­gard, I par­tic­u­larly men­tion his fam­ily, who from an early stage have made great sac­ri­fices to give him the best pos­si­ble qual­ity of life.”

The cash paid out by the trust, which is cur­rently mired in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, will come from the Gov­ern­ment’s in­sur­ance scheme, the Clin­i­cal Neg­li­gence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) and as such will not im­pact on its bud­get.

John Ran­dall, med­i­cal di­rec­tor for the trust, said: “The trust is pleased that the set­tle­ment has now been agreed and we wish the claimant and his fam­ily all the best for the fu­ture.

“We have pre­vi­ously given a full writ­ten apol­ogy in re­la­tion to the care given dur­ing labour. We, at the time fully in­ves­ti­gated the case and we re­viewed our train­ing in re­la­tion to the mon­i­tor­ing of baby’s heart rate dur­ing labour.

“We sub­se­quently re­vised the train­ing for doc­tors and mid­wives ac­cord­ingly.”

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