A little girl who was born ‘apparently lifeless’ at a Gwent hospital is set to receive over £3million in compensation due to medical negligence.
Medics fought to resuscitate the baby at the Caerphilly hospital however she had suffered catastrophic oxygen starvation and brain damage.
London’s High Court heard that the girl, now 10, was delivered with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
Her barrister, David Westcott QC argued that had the baby girl been properly monitored in the womb hen the tragedy could have been avoided.
The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board denied responsibility for causing the girls injuries.
Recent outside negotiations however have seen the board agree to a financial settlement for the youngster. These will be £140,000 a year, before rising to £175,000 a year as her care needs increase. The settlement has a capitalised value of nearly £3.5 million.
Mr Justice Foskett, approving the deal, said medics “put considerable effort” into saving the baby girl’s life.
But she was left with severe cerebral palsy and will require round the clock care for the rest of her life.
The devoted care given to her by her parents was “nothing short of remarkable” the Judge added.
“A story like this is immensely uplifting and there is a lesson here for everyone in what this couple have been prepared to do.”
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