Clinical negligence compensation of £4.6 million has been awarded to a young boy after errors at his birth resulted in him being left permanently disabled.
According to the BBC, six-year-old Shane Barrett is now severely brain damaged and has cerebral palsy because of mistakes made by medical professionals during his delivery in 2004.
The news source explains that midwives working for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust - which treated more than 350,000 people in 2007-08 and employs 2,400 members of staff - allegedly mistook his mother Rachel Alger's heartbeat for the boy's, meaning they failed to notice that his heart had stopped beating.
This resulted in his brain being starved of oxygen and he will therefore be wheelchair-bound and face serious learning difficulties for the rest of his life.
A judge at the High Court approved the £4.6 million settlement without acceptance of liability from the trust.
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Posted by Richard Saunders