23 July 2009
Woman to get compensation after mistakes left her brain damaged
A woman who has been left reliant on round-the-clock care as a result of mistakes made during her delivery is to receive a payout.
Lucy Jones was born by Caesarean section at the former Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon in February 1984.
Her mother, Anne, had already had a Caesarean section when she gave birth to her elder daughter and the scar from this procedure ruptured during her second labour, the Swindon Advertiser reports.
As a result of the complication, Ms Jones was born with brain damage and will require care for the duration of her life.
Recently, the Avon, Gloucester & Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority - which runs 13 NHS trusts - admitted liability for her injuries.
Now, the organisation will pay her compensation to cover the costs of her care.
Although the amount has not been revealed, similar cases have seen payouts worth millions of pounds, the Swindon Advertiser attests.