£6.7m payout to brain damage victim

The Ipswich Hospital, operated by the NHS, has agreed to pay £6.7m compensation after a baby was starved of oxygen in the womb and was left with brain damage.

The girl, who is now 11 years old, was born with acute cerebral palsy after a delay in her caesarean delivery at the Ipswich Hospital. As a result, the girl is dependant on a wheelchair and will need life-long care. The girl’s mother had put forward the claims of negligence on her behalf and the court has approved the settlement. The settlement included a sum of £2.6m and further tax-free payments over the girl’s lifetime which will total an estimated £6.7m. John Whitting, the hospital’s barrister, said that he wanted to express a “sincere apology” to the girl and her family on behalf the NHS trust and that “Nothing I can say or do will give back to her or her family that which was taken away.” The Judge for the case added that “This doesn’t turn the clock back, but it does give you the security of knowing your child will be secure in the future.” The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with medical negligence solicitors in Guildford and across the country.