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Teenage girl with severe cerebral palsy awarded £8.3m in clinical negligence case

Teenage girl with severe cerebral palsy awarded £8.3m in clinical negligence case

A teenage girl who suffers from severe cerebral palsy as a result of a medical mistake at birth has been awarded £8.3 million in compensation.

The girl, now 16 years old, was born at Cardiff's University Hospital and sustained the injuries as a result of the treatment of her mother during labour.

In a hearing at London's High Court, Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones awarded her the significant payout.

He stated that the teenager had "severe involuntary movements" which hamper a number of everyday activities. He added, however, that "despite her disabilities she has learned to ride [horses] and is able to trot, canter and jump low jumps".

Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by a permanent brain injury that occurs before, during or shortly after the time of birth. It is characterised primarily by a lack of muscle control and movement and its effects have been known to change over time.