02 November 2009
Hospital to offer compensation over mistakes made during birth
A medical centre is to issue compensation to the family of a boy who has been left disabled as a result of being starved of oxygen when he was being delivered.
In June 2004, Shane Alger's mother went into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn to give birth.
Staff at the centre failed to notice that the baby's heart had stopped because they confused his heart trace with that of his mother's.
Recently, health bosses agreed they would issue a payout to Shane's family in order to cover the costs of his care.
The youngster has cerebral palsy, which is a condition that affects movement and coordination.
It was conceded that if Shane's birth had been brought forward by ten minutes, he would have escaped all injury.
His mother, Rachel, said: "We were just thrown into it. You have to deal with your own emotions and looking after a child with additional needs," the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press reports.