13 October 2008
Cerebral palsy sufferer wins £5m in compensation
A teenager who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of mistakes made by medical staff has been awarded a payout of more than £5 million.
Chad Willis developed the condition, which affects movement and coordination, after being starved of oxygen at birth.
He requires 24-hour care and will continue to do so for the rest of his life.
In a recent development, the North East Strategic Heath Authority - which serves a population of around 2.6 million - agreed to pay the compensation in an out-of-court settlement.
Mr Willis was born at North Tees General Hospital in 1990 and his legal team argued that the injuries he sustained occurred because medical staff failed to respond to signs of foetal distress prior to his delivery.
In a statement read outside the high court in London, his mother, Melanie, said: "It is heartbreaking that he has suffered in this way through sheer carelessness on the part of the medical staff who should have been looking after him."