18 October 2007
Boy left disabled wins compensation
A 16-year-old boy from the West Midlands who was left severely disabled after mistakes made by doctors has been awarded £5.5 million in compensation.
Daniel Kay, who was born in 1991 at Sandwell Hospital, was left with quadriplegic cerebral palsy after doctors failed to properly manage his breathing when he was born.
Eventually, medical experts told his parents that his condition had been caused by medial failures, not natural causes.
The settlement follows an admission of liability by Birmingham and the Black Country Strategic Health Authority, one of the ten such authorities in England.
Although described by his parents as mentally bright, he requires 24-hour care and a wheelchair in order to get around.
His father, Tony Kay, commented: "The hospital had always reassured us that Daniel's condition was 'just one of those things'."
"I think if we hadn't been so persistent in our quest for answers, we would never have uncovered the truth," he added.