17 October 2012
Teenager granted £10m in clinical negligence compensation
Compensation worth around £10 million has been awarded to a teenager on the grounds of clinical negligence, it has emerged.
Zach Petrou, who is now 19 years old, was left severely brain damaged after undergoing treatment for croup at Stepping Hill Hospital as a baby and subsequently has the mental capacity of a child.
Mr Petrou was taken to the hospital - which is managed by the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust - in 1994 to receive treatment for a virus and he was placed on an emergency ventilator when his condition worsened.
However, when he was taken off this piece of equipment, it emerged that his brain had been seriously damaged and his parents Andros and Margaret took legal action against the trust on the basis that this had been caused by oxygen deprivation.
And while the NHS organisation has not accepted liability for Zach's life-changing injuries, it has now agreed to award him a damages sum to pay for the care he will need for the rest of his life.
Following the case heard at Manchester High Court, Andros Petrou said he and his wife have been left "devastated" by what happened to their son 18 years ago.
"We lost our son in 1994 at seven months of age, his future was taken away from him at that point. Zach went into the hospital a healthy baby boy but was given back to us severely brain damaged," he noted.
Mr Petrou went on to say that the care Zach requires is "relentless" as he has the "needs of a baby but in an adult's body" and will do so for the rest of his life.
Due to his condition, Zach needs at least two round-the-clock carers and can become violent.
"We still believe that what happened to Zach should never have happened and we hope that it never happens to another family again," his father added.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson