24 January 2011
Couple awarded £6.4m compensation for birthing problems
A married couple have been awarded a medical negligence compensation settlement of £6.4 million after their son was born with severe health issues in April 2002.
Earnie and Janet Kramer have received the sum from the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust after their son Theo was born with learning difficulties and quadriplegia; the Times Series reports.
According to the news source, a student nurse was left in charge of the birth procedure at the Edgware Birth Centre and subsequently failed to recognise a heart rate deficiency in the child which should have accelerated his delivery.
As a result of these issues, the child cannot walk or sit down on his own and requires care, as well as only being able to talk through a speech-generating device.
The money will be paid to his parents in the form of an initial lump sum followed by index-linked instalments.
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