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Boy left paralysed at birth awarded compensation

A six-year-old boy has been awarded a total of £6 million in medical negligence compensation after being left paralysed so severely that he can only move his eyes,

During the young boy's birth at Epsom Hospital in December 2004 his mother began to experience serious complications and the baby was eventually delivered by emergency caesarean section.

The delay in carrying out the procedure has resulted in the child suffering severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which has left him seriously paralysed and in need of 24-hour care.

The boy's life expectancy has also been seriously compromised as a result of the birth accident..

The six-year-old, with the assistance of his family, launched a compensation claim against the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust admitted liability in April 2008 and the High Court has awarded the boy £2.8 million in a medical negligence compensation lump sum, as well as annual index linked payments, to cover the boy's life-long care costs and specialist equipment.

Following the successful medical negligence claim, the family's personal injury lawyer commented, "It is hoped that the award will allow [my client] to live as full a life as possible, but of course can never fully compensate for the devastating injury caused by the negligence at his birth which could have been avoided."


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