07 January 2014
Mother’s Fight for Brain Damaged Son
The mother of a boy who suffered brain damage after a string of hospital mistakes led to him being starved of oxygen at birth has taken legal action again an NHS Trust.
Lisa Mainds’ son Findley, now 3, has cerebral palsy and needs assistance to walk, talk, sit up and drink. He also suffers chronic kidney disease and will need care for the rest of his life.
It is believed that his condition was caused by a 10-hour delay in delivering Findley by C-section which left the distressed child starved of oxygen.
Mrs Mainds, from Chesham, Bucks., said: “We are heartbroken I feel as though Findley has missed out on a normal childhood. My son’s freedom in the future has been taken away from him because of this injury and mistakes.
“He is now at an age when we can really see the contrast with other children and it is very upsetting when I see they way they interact with their parents in a way Findley and I can not.”
Mrs Mainds added: “I want Findley to have a normal life. I want us to be a normal family and not have to worry about having these constant medical appointments and additional worries but realistically this will not ever happen now.
Mrs Maids, 32, was admitted Stoke Mandeville Hospital at 11.20am on 19 August 2010 for the induction of labour and was given a cardiotocograph (CTG) which measures fetal heartbeat and the uterine contractions. It was intended to check on Findley’s wellbeing.
During the course of the labour doctors carried out four separate CTGs but on each occasion they failed to correctly diagnose Findley’s distress.
If the problem had been spotted, Mrs Mainds could have been given an emergency Caesarean section hours up to 10 hours earlier. As it was, she was not taken to theatre until 11.25pm.
Findley was eventually born at 12.27am on 20 August 10 but the delay meant he had been starved of oxygen and left in distress for more than 10 hours.
Due to his poor condition he was transferred to John Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and later diagnosed with grade 3 Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) – the most severe grading of brain damage and with permanent damage to both kidneys.
Mrs Mainds and her husband Stewart contacted law firm Slater and Gordon on 19 October 2010 and began legal proceedings against Buckinghamshire NHS Trust.
In October 2012 the Trust admitted that Findley’s injuries would have been avoided if Mrs Mainds had been cared for properly during labour.
Slater and Gordon, Clinical Negligence Lawyer said, “Within the context of labour – 10 hours is a significant timeframe in which the Trust had numerous opportunities to intervene. Findley now faces catastrophic injuries which were all entirely avoidable.
“Findley is still very young, but it is a relief to the family that the defendants have admitted liability – parties can now concentrate on assessing Findley’s disabilities and ensuring he has appropriate compensation to meet his needs.
“Lisa and Stuart have dedicated their entire lives to Findley who will require lifelong care and support.
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