03 April 2013
Mother seeking compensation for brain-damaged son
Compensation is being sought by a mother who claims her son sustained preventable brain damage due to clinical negligence.
Five-year-old Dilraj Singh has cerebral palsy, cannot speak and struggles to hear and see due to the fact he suffers from a condition called kernicterus, which is a form of brain damage linked to jaundice, the Messenger reports.
Consequently, his mother Urrvashi is taking legal action against the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the basis that mistakes made after his birth at Salford Royal Hospital in March 2008 are to blame for his life-changing condition.
Midwives visited Ms Singh and her son a few days after they had been discharged from hospital and, after they noticed the baby was jaundiced, advised the mother to put her son in sunlight - despite there being no medical evidence to suggest doing so would help him.
Ms Singh told the news she and her husband subsequently became worried about their son and rushed him to hospital, but were told it was too late to save the child from brain damage.
"From my own experience of kernicterus, I feel that midwives really need to be more alert to the warning signs that a baby is in danger. For us, there were so many missed opportunities to help Dilraj," she noted.
Due to the severity of his health problems, the child is completely dependent on others and requires round-the-clock care, meaning Ms Singh has had no choice but to give up her job as a nursery nurse.
She went on to say that while she was unaware of how dangerous jaundice can be, the medical professionals provided by the NHS trust should have realised he could have been in danger of suffering brain damage and taken urgent action.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas
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