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Young Cerebral Palsy Sufferer Awarded Compensation

Posted on: July 27th, 2011 by Medical Negligence

A young girl, who now suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of brain damage sustained at birth, has been awarded a seven-figure settlement after making a claim for her birth injuries.

In 1998, Sophie Clark – now aged twelve from Pintyclun in Rhondda Cynon Taf – was born at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend. However, the medical staff attending her delivery failed to notice that there was a gross abnormality in her foetal heart rate, even though it registered on the equipment used to monitor her. As such, there was a delay in her delivery, which caused the foetus to be deprived of oxygen in utero. If the staff had noticed the abnormal heart rate, they would not have let the delivery to progress as a natural one, intervening with an emergency Caesarean Section.

Now, as a consequence of the errors made at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Sophie suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy which leaves her wheel-chair bound. Sophie is reliant on round-the-clock care, and even needs to be fed through a tube.

Sophie’s family sought legal counsel and proceeded to make a claim on their daughter’s behalf against the Abertawe Bro Mrgannwy University Health Board, who oversee the management of the Princess of Wales Hospital. The case was heard at the Cardiff Crown Court, where a settlement of £5 million was announced. As Sophie is not yet eighteen, a judge must approve a settlement on her behalf to ensure that it is in her best interest. This settlement was approved by the judge, and will contribute to Sophie’s cost of care and future needs.