26 January 2010
Girl wins compensation in clinical negligence case
A girl who was the victim of clinical negligence has been awarded compensation totalling over £6 million.
Rhiannon Hayman was delivered in a medical centre operated by the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board in November 1994, the Mirror reports.
During her birth, she sustained serious brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen and developed cerebral palsy as a result.
The condition affects patients' coordination and Rhiannon, who is now 15 years old, is unable to walk unaided, talk or feed herself.
She will need full-time care and help for the remainder of her life.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board - which describes itself as one of the largest organisations of its kind in Wales and employs around 17,000 workers - admitted liability for the injuries.
Commenting after the award was made, Rhiannon's mother, Suthathip, said: "The money will help give her the life she deserves."
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