02 April 2007
Disabled boy wins compensation after hanging accident
Parents of a disabled boy who was left brain damaged after he accidentally hung himself while in hospital have received £240,000 compensation.
Joshua Boyce, who was ten at the time, was in the Sheffield Children's Hospital to have a cyst removed from his head when the accident occurred.
As a result of the accident, he suffered a series of conditions that exacerbated his congenital condition, leaving him with impaired cognitive ability, without the facility of speech and suffering difficulty with movement.
The damages were awarded after the hospital admitted liability, and reflect the fact that Joshua is now in need of round-the-clock care from his two parents.
Joshua's mother Kathryn, who works as a nurse at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, told Sheffield Today: "We had thought nothing could get any worse than Joshua's condition before the accident but we were wrong.
"We're so relieved we now have this settlement. Joshua's condition has ruled our lives for the last four-and-a-half years," she added.