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Compensation for Oxygen Starvation at Birth Approved

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by Medical Negligence

A young girl, who was deprived of oxygen during a four hour delay to her birth, has had a multi-million pounds compensation for oxygen starvation at birth settlement approved at London´s High Court.

The six-year-old girl from Northamptonshire brought her claim for oxygen starvation at birth compensation against the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust through her mother, after the events leading up to her delivery in March 2006 left the child brain damaged and suffering from autism, epilepsy and kidney problems.

The High Court heard that the girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was delivered by Caesarean section at the Northampton General Hospital after an inexplicable delay of more than four hours. During this time her brain was irrecoverably damaged due to a lack of oxygen and, when the child was delivered, she was “effectively stillborn”.

In a statement read to the court, the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust apologised unreservedly for the errors that had been made in the management of the girl´s birth and acknowledged their liability for her injuries. The Trust´s representative also paid tribute to the girl´s mother for the care she had provided in the past six years.

After hearing that the girl will require round-the-clock care for the rest of her life, the High Court approved a settlement of compensation for oxygen starvation at birth which consists of a million pounds lump-sum payment plus annual payments of 155,000 pounds – which will increase to 282,000 pounds per year when the girl reaches the age of 21.