10 November 2009
Couple receive compensation in clinical negligence case
A couple have been issued compensation after their son died due to mistakes made by medical workers.
In January 2007, Jake Sullivan was delivered at Queen's Hospital in Romford, which is operated by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Midwives at the centre failed to detect signs that he was in distress and therefore no emergency action was taken, the Barking and Dagenham Post reports.
He suffered serious brain damage and died two days later.
According to independent experts, if urgent action had been taken and an emergency Caesarean section conducted, the baby would not have suffered the injuries.
Recently, the hospital trust - which serves a population of around 700,000 - admitted failures and issued an apology and compensation to his parents.
The details of the sum, which was agreed in an out-of-court settlement, have not been made public, although it is said to be five figures.
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