world : Hospital to pay £29m after baby left brain damaged

world : Hospital to pay £29m after baby left brain damaged
world : Hospital to pay £29m after baby left brain damaged

Thursday 13 June 2024 10:32 PM

Nafeza 2 world - A hospital trust is to pay out more than £29m in compensation to the family of a baby girl who suffered "catastrophic" injuries due to medical negligence.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital in the town, admitted failings by its staff had left the infant with cerebral palsy.

The sum is believed to be the second largest settlement ever agreed by the NHS in a medical negligence case, according to the family's lawyers.

The trust said it had offered its "sincere apologies" to the family and said "many improvements" had been made in the years since the baby was born.

The baby, who is subject to an anonymity order, was born seemingly healthy but began showing signs of distress a short time later.

According to her family's legal team, hospital staff made a "series of negligent omissions" and there was a delay in performing surgery.

As part of the settlement, handed down at the High Court in London, the trust accepted breach of duty and causation.

Barrister Bill Braithwaite KC, who acted for the family, said they had "waited a number of years" for a trial before the trust agreed to settle the case.

"This young girl’s life has changed forever and the impact on the whole family has been devastating," he said.

Yasmin Ameer, from Nockolds Solicitors, said it had been "an honour" to represent the family.

She said the settlement was "hugely important" for someone whose life had been "irreversibly damaged".

The firm said it had also secured £2.13m in interim payments as the case progressed, enabling the family to buy a more suitable home and a rehabilitation package.

Chris Allen, who was junior counsel in the case, said: "The family have always conducted themselves with such dignity and resilience in the most challenging of circumstances, and I am truly delighted that we have been able to secure a settlement which ensures all of the claimant’s future needs are provided for."

A statement for the trust read: "We hope that the settlement will provide the family with some comfort and reassurance for the future and will help with the care and other support that they need.”

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