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Solicitors Help Family Claim Compensation for Jaundice Birth Injuries

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by Medical Negligence

Solicitors from Devon are helping a family claim compensation for jaundice birth injuries after a four day old boy developed kernicterus.

Khan Gold was born on 15th April 2013 to Ed and Laura-Faye Gold at the Exeter Hospital in Devon and, apart from a little jaundice, was a perfectly healthy baby. Mother and son were allowed to go home the following day and, over the next few days, the family was regularly visited at their Honiton home by midwives checking on Khan´s progress.

On each occasion, Laura-Faye raised concerns about her son´s jaundice as it seemed to be getting worse, but on each occasion she was told it was nothing to worry about and advised to take Khan out into the sun. However, four days after he was born, Laura-Faye had problems feeding Khan and noticed that her son was arching his back as if in pain.

Laura-Faye called her local hospital, who advised her to bring her son in for an examination. The local hospital took a blood sample and advised Khan´s parents to take him back to Exeter Hospital to have the sample analysed. After several tests were conducted, Khan was diagnosed with kernicterus and transferred to intensive care.

Kernicterus is a condition in which an underdeveloped liver has failed to remove bilirubin from the bloodstream and – despite having a blood transfusion to replace half the blood in his body and spending a week under special lights that break down bilirubin – the pigment had got into Khan´s brain and he sustained brain damage.

Khan´s brain damage is likely to be permanent, and doctors are uncertain whether he will ever be able to walk. As he is going to need life-long care, his parents contacted medical negligence solicitors who helped them claim compensation for jaundice birth injuries against the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

In their claim for compensation for jaundice birth injuries, Ed and Laura-Faye allege that midwives failed to follow NHS guidelines on the treatment of newborn jaundice. They also claim that the midwives who visited their home after Khan was born should have escalated Laura-Faye´s concerns in a timely manner to the family´s GP or Exeter Hospital´s paediatrician.

Solicitors representing the Gold family have also suggested that there were training issues at Exeter Hospital which need to be addressed, and have started negotiations with the NHS Foundation Trust to resolve the family´s claim for compensation for jaundice birth injuries. The final settlement is expected to be in seven figures.

The Chief Executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust – Angela Pedder – has apologised to the family for the failures which led to Khan suffering jaundice birth injuries. Since the circumstances of Khan´s avoidable injury were investigated, key changes have been made at the hospital which include that all babies born with jaundice are now tested for kernicterus.