13 August 2012
Clinical negligence compensation awarded to family
A seven-figure sum of clinical negligence compensation is set to be granted to a young boy left brain-damaged due to errors following his birth.
Lucas Hillier was born on June 21st 2007 at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield - an institution managed by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust - but began showing signs of hypoglycaemia two days later.
His parents Ben and Kerry alerted staff at the hospital that their son appeared to be drowsy but nurses failed to take any action and it was not until the child was examined by a paediatrician the following morning that his health problems were discovered.
Due to this delay, Lucas developed cerebral palsy and the extent of the brain damage he sustained means he also suffers from severe epilepsy, limited eyesight and restricted movement in his upper body.
Kerry Hillier said that she hopes NHS trusts will heed the lessons of this case and now spend additional time training their maternity staff about how to spot and react to the symptoms of hypoglycaemia.
"It's hard to come to terms with the fact that, if that had happened after Lucas was born, he would be fit and healthy today," she added.
Managers at the Heart of England organisation - which serves a population of around 450,000 people in Sutton Coldfield, North Birmingham and east Staffordshire - have now admitted liability for Lucas' life-changing injuries, meaning his family will receive a multi-million damages settlement.
Mrs Hillier went on to say the family have now received an interim instalment of compensation, which has helped pay for carers and a specially-adapted home.
"It's reassuring that Lucas does have access to these specialist facilities and we hope the settlement eventually agreed will allow him to have this for life," she added.
A trust spokesman commented: "We would again like to offer our sincere apologies to Lucas Hillier and his family."
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Posted by Francesca Witney
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