29 August 2008
Teen could win millions in alleged clinical negligence case
A teenager could be set to secure a payout worth millions of pounds after the doctor who delivered him admitted making mistakes.
James Hammond, who is now 16, was starved of oxygen for five minutes after being delivered at the private St John and St Elizabeth Hospital in London.
He developed cerebral palsy - a physical condition that affects movement as a result of an injury to the sufferer's brain - as a result.
His mother, Elizabeth, claims that Dr Yehudi Gordon failed to initiate a caesarean section despite the fact that her baby was in a breech position and doctors at another hospital had advised against a natural birth.
According to a high court writ, Dr Gordon admits liability in the case, although the two sides are thought to be unable to come to an agreement concerning the terms of a possible payout.