Clinical negligence compensation totalling £5 million has been awarded to a boy who sustained brain damage due to errors committed while he underwent heart surgery.
Robbie Crane required an operation to resolve an issue in his arteries and was taken into Harefield Hospital in October 1999 for treatment.
However, despite the fact the 12-year-old's procedure was considered a success, problems arose in the aftermath of the surgery because he was not given sufficient ventilation.
This caused the boy to suffer brain damage and although the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust - the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK - denies liability for this, a case at London's High Court has resulted in the child receiving a seven-figure sum.
In a statement after the verdict, his parents Catherine and Barrie said: "We have always provided Robbie with constant loving care and this award means that he will still be cared for when we are no longer able to do so."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson