The family of Jessica Taylor, 6, who suffers from Erb’s Palsy due to a mismanaged delivery, expressed their relief and gratitude after a compensation settlement of 400,000 pounds was approved in the High Court.
Concerns were raised by Jessica’s parents during mother Christine’s pregnancy that the birth might be complicated due to baby Jessica’s size. However, in August 2004, staff at Kings College Hospital, South London, proceeded with a normal delivery procedure under the impression that 11.4lb Jessica was of average size.
In the claim for medical negligence against the hospital, it was alleged that staff should have realised Christine’s prolonged second stage of labour indicated an obstruction (Jessica’s size), and that a normal delivery would result in complications.
Christine’s request for a Caesarean section was ignored and during the delivery Jessica’s should got trapped, leading to further complications. After the birth, Jessica was immediately taken to a special care baby unit where she was diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy.
Erb’s Palsy is a condition which affects the movement of the arm, and Jessica will always need assistance with day-to-day tasks such as dressing, despite intense therapy, specialist equipment and rehabilitation.
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability and in a statement wished Jessica and her family the best for the future.