A six-year-old girl from Northamptonshire has been awarded a multi-million pound settlement of birth medical negligence compensation for delayed Caesarean after the NHS Trust responsible for her injuries acknowledged their liability at London´s High Court.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, won her claim for delayed Caesarean compensation after the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust admitted that mistakes were committed in the management of her birth in March 2006.
The High Court heard that the girl was “effectively stillborn” due to being deprived of oxygen when she was eventually delivered following a four hour delay. Due to the delayed Caesarean and consequent brain damage, the child suffers from epilepsy, autism and kidney problems and will require round-the-clock care for the rest of her life.
In a statement read in court, the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust apologised unreservedly for the errors which were made at the time of the girl´s birth and paid tribute to the child´s mother – through whom the claim for delayed Caesarean compensation was made – for the care that she had shown for her daughter.
In a negotiated settlement of birth medical negligence compensation for delayed Caesarean, the girl is to receive tax-free payments of 155,000 pounds per year until she reaches the age of 21, at which point the annual payments will increase to 282,000 pounds per year. The approved compensation award also included a lump sum payment of 1 million pounds to account for the six years of care provided by the girl´s mother since her birth.