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Teenager in line for millions in compensation

Teenager in line for millions in compensation

A teenager who was born with a severe disability after errors on the part of doctors is in line for millions of pounds of compensation.

Andrew Dixon, 19, of Sunderland, who suffers from cerebral palsy affecting his limbs, is to be awarded the damages after Sunderland Hospitals admitted responsibility for his condition.

Mr Dixon’s injuries were sustained as a result of the trust mismanaging his mother's labour.

Specifically, doctors gave Mrs Dixon drugs to increase her son's heart rate, which actually exacerbated the situation.

Andrew's father Derek told the Sunderland Echo: "This will be this will make a huge difference to the quality of Andrew's life.

"He is 20 years old in August and, like anyone of that age, does not want to be around his parents all the time.

"It will benefit Andrew a lot to be able to have his own space and become far more independent. He likes to be with friends and is attending Tyneside Metropolitan College. He loves the drama classes."