18 August 2008
Parents of cerebral palsy sufferer claim clinical negligence
The parents of a young girl who suffers from cerebral palsy are accusing a hospital of clinical negligence.
Amelia Rayner was delivered by caesarean section at Calderdale Royal Hospital in June 2002 more than four hours after medical staff had noticed a drop in her heart rate, the Halifax Evening Courier reports.
After being born, she had to be resuscitated and suffered brain damage as a result of being starved of oxygen.
The family's solicitor alleges that, had doctors acted sooner to deliver her, the injuries sustained by Amelia could have been prevented.
Due to the complications during her birth, she developed a form of cerebral palsy known as spastic quadraparesis, which affects the muscles and restricts movement.
She also has eye problems, learning and communication difficulties and has epilepsy.
Due to legal reasons, the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust was unable to comment on the case.
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