19 May 2010
Family take legal action over alleged medical negligence
The family of a boy who suffered brain damage are taking legal action over alleged medical negligence.
In June 2008, Nashae Prendergast was born at Lewisham Hospital in south-east London, the Voice reports.
According to his mother Aleisha and grandmother Marjorie, staff at the medical centre failed to act quickly enough over their concerns that something was wrong.
In a letter of complaint to the hospital, they claim that after Nashae was delivered, his skin began to turn yellow.
He was put in an incubator and given phototherapy to help him get rid of what nurses suggested was jaundice.
However, five days later he was transferred to another unit.
Marjorie noticed that the baby was not moving as much as he had been but no action was taken, with medics saying he was "stressed".
Nashae subsequently had to be treated again for jaundice.
He has developed mild cerebral palsy, which is a condition that affects movement and coordination.