A clinical negligence compensation settlement totalling £8 million has been awarded to a young boy after errors during his birth left him permanently wheelchair-bound.
Nathan Humphries, who is now 12 years of age, was starved of oxygen in his mother Beverley's womb while being delivered at North Staffordshire Hospital in 1988 and subsequently suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy.
The boy's mother required treatment for a serious seizure and nurses at the institution - which is managed by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust - failed to react in time to her high blood pressure.
As a result, the youngster sustained brain damage and has now been awarded a sum of £8 million - £3 million of which will be paid immediately in a lump sum - to compensate for his ordeal and the cost of his care after a hearing at the High Court in Manchester.
"I still feel angry that mistakes that should never have happened led to Nathan suffering a life-long disability," his mother commented.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens