19 April 2010
Family seek compensation over alleged medical negligence
A family are taking legal action against a hospital over claims of medical negligence.
In 1999, Hannah Collard-Gray was born at Kingston Hospital - which is a district general medical centre based approximately 12 miles from central London.
It is alleged that mistakes made during her delivery and first few weeks of life led to her suffering brain damage.
Staff at the hospital tried to deliver her three times using ventouse, which involves the use of a suction cup on the head of the baby.
After this proved to be unsuccessful, a Caesarean section was performed.
The youngster, who was four weeks premature, suffered fluid and bleeding on the brain and was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
During a surgical procedure here, her colon was accidentally pierced.
Her parents are now claiming more than £300,000 in damages, accusing the centres of negligence and suggesting Hannah should not have suffered the injuries she did.