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Woman awarded £4.2m in compensation for birth injury

A 45-year-old woman has been awarded £4.2m in medical negligence compensation after suffering injuries at birth.

The woman had been born at Buchanan Street Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings in April 1967. During her birth she suffered from oxygen starvation in her mother's womb and was not breathing when she was born.

The oxygen starvation caused her to suffer serious brain injuries which left her with learning difficulties. She now requires full-time care as a result.

With the help of her parents the woman launched a claim for compensation against the NHS, arguing that her injuries were caused due to staff delaying the birth. Although the hospital where she was born had been closed, the NHS authority admitted liability for the incident.

London's High Court approved the compensation settlement, which will be used to cover the costs of the woman's ongoing care.

The reason for the delay in making the claim for medical negligence compensation was that the claimant's parents only realised they could seek damages after reading a similar story in a magazine.


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