A twelve-year-old girl, who sustained severe brain damage due to mistakes made during her delivery, has been awarded 5 million pounds in a personal injury settlement.
Sophie Clarke (12) from Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was born in 1998 at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. However, a gross abnormality of Sophie´s heart rate was not recognised, despite it registering on monitoring equipment.
Had staff at the Princess of Wales Hospital noticed Sophie´s condition, they would have intervened and delivery her by Caesarean Section. However, they allowed the birth to continue naturally, causing Sophie to suffer from a lack of oxygen in the womb.
Sophie suffers from severe cerebral palsy as a result of the errors made at the hospital and now needs twenty-four hour care, is fed via a tube and is confined to a wheelchair.
Solicitors acting on behalf of the family sued the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board for negligence, and in a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court the negotiated settlement of 5 million pounds was approved.