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Brain-damaged boy awarded £6.6 million for negligence during birth

Brain-damaged boy awarded £6.6 million for negligence during birth

A teenage boy, who was left with brain damage resulting from negligence during his birth, has won £6.6 million in compensation.

The High Court found Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority liable for damages after indicators that Ryan Garrigan, 16, might be deprived of oxygen were not heeded by the hospital. The child is now confined to a wheelchair and has cerebral palsy that means he will never be able to work and requires around-the-clock help.

The award marks the end of a long campaign for compensation for the boy's mother who has been convinced of the authority's culpability ever since her son's birth.

Commenting on the judge's award Helen Niebuhr, Mrs Garrigan's solicitor, said: "The lump sum award will be held in trust and used to provide for his needs for the rest of his life.

"The ongoing index linked annual payments will ensure that Ryan is able to pay for the care he needs in the future."

The award comes after a 2005 survey by Reform showed that over half of all negligence claims against the NHS arise from the maternity care sector, with the majority of those claims related to mental defects from a lack of oxygen.