02 July 2008
Teen awarded £1 million in clinical negligence case
A teenager who was starved of oxygen at birth has been awarded compensation of more than £1 million.
Joshua Fawcett, who is now 17 years old, suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy - a physical condition that affects movement and co-ordination.
He has to be fed through a tube, cannot move independently and has learning difficulties as a result of the events surrounding his birth in Burnley General Hospital.
His family were already receiving money from the North West Strategic Health Authority - which had admitted clinical negligence on behalf of East Lancashire Health Authority.
During a recent hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, however, the authority settled on a payout thought to be over £1 million.
Although the exact details of the compensation cannot be revealed, lawyers said it would top seven figures.
The money will be used to provide for Mr Fawcett's care needs for the rest of his life.
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