A ten-year-old Wolverhampton boy, who was brain damaged at birth due to alleged hospital malpractice, has won his battle for compensation.
Joseph O’Reggio from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, was born in April 2001 at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. Prior to his delivery, Mr Justice Tugendhat heard at London´s High Court, Joe was starved of oxygen and suffered brain damage as a result.
The consequences of his birth injury left Joe with cerebral palsy, wheelchair bound and suffering from severe learning difficulties. The Court also heard how Joe is unable to speak or feed himself.
It was claimed in an action against the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust that medical staff should have realised at an earlier stage that Joe was in distress and brought forward his delivery.
Although the NHS Trust denied that Joe´s injuries were caused by medical negligence, they agreed on the day before the trial was due to commence to admit 80 per cent liability for the claim, which will now go for assessment of damages.
Mr Justice Tugendhat approved the agreement, expressing his sympathy and best wishes to Joe´s parents.