13 August 2010
NHS faces clinical negligence compensation claim
The parents of a girl who was left severely disabled due to clinical negligence are to sue to NHS for compensation over the issue.
The South Wales Argus reports that eight-year-old Harriet Riley now requires 24-hour care due to the fact that she was starved of oxygen during complications at the time of her birth at the Royal Gwent Hospital - which is situated in the town of Newport - in June 2002.
Harriet will need constant supervision for the rest of her life as she cannot speak or move on her own and has to be fed via a tube. She also suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy, but, according to a claim issued to the High Court, would have been fine had she been born one hour earlier.
However, Christopher and Louise Riley - Harriet's parents - are pursuing damages as they claim Harriet's health issues were wholly avoidable and are solely the result of poor medical practice rather than any natural deficiencies.
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Posted by Richard Saunders