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Cerebral palsy teenager wins damages from NHS

Cerebral palsy teenager wins damages from NHS

An Oxford teenager has won £6.6 million in compensation after oxygen deprivation during his birth left him with severe brain damage.

Ryan Garrigan, 15, was left with dyskinetic tetraplegic cerebral palsy after staff at the John Radcliffe failed to notice indicators that he was not receiving enough oxygen towards the end of his mother’s labour.

Although an emergency cesarean delivery was then performed, it was too late to prevent the effects of lack of oxygen.

The damages, which are to be paid by the former Thames Valley Health Authority, reflect Ryan's near normal life expectancy.

Garrigan family solicitor Helen Niebuhr said: "Whilst Ryan's award seems like a lot of money, he is a young man who will live a normal life span and needs 24 hour care and assistance. He will never walk and will never be able to work. Ryan is fully aware of his limitations and that he is different to others. The lump sum award will be held in trust and used to provide for his needs for the rest of his life. It is certainly not a windfall.

She added: "It is very unfortunate that this family have had to fight so hard for Ryan to get the compensation he deserves. It was not until the eve of the court liability trial on Ryan’s 14th birthday that the Health Authority finally admitted liability. It has also not been possible to reach agreement with them as to his level of compensation until the morning of the court hearing."