An eight year old boy, who sustained terrible brain damage due to being starved of oxygen at his birth, has been awarded a multi-million pound compensation package by the High Court in London.
Callum Davies, of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, was born at the Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny in November 2002. A fifteen minute delay in his delivery starved his brain of oxygen, and resulted in Callum sustaining dyskinetic cerebral palsy and brain damage.
Claiming medical negligence against the Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust through his father Paul, Callum will now need extensive care for the remainder of his life – care which has been provided for him to date by his parents.
The health board which succeeded Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust in 2009 – the Anuerin Bevan Health Board – admitted liability for Callum’s birth injury and issued an apology in front of Mrs Justice Nicola Davies at the High Court.
Announcing details of the compensation package, Judge Davies approved an immediate payment of 2.275 million pounds in order to adapt the family home and provide an education programme for Callum. Further annual payments will be made by the NHS Trust to cover the cost of his care.
Addressing Callum’s parents in court, the judge added “It is clear that the care which you and your wife have given is of the highest order. I know that Callum’s injuries have impacted on you and your whole family as a unit and that is something which at times is very, very difficult for families. I am well aware that the settlement approved by the court is not the complete answer, but what I do hope for the family is that these monies will make life easier”.