A girl who was born at Poole Hospital in 2008 and suffered “near total” oxygen starvation to her brain is set to receive nearly £7.5m in compensation due to clinical negligence.
The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, will now have difficulties in communicating and be physically disabled for the rest of her life.
the Poole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has admitted liability for causing the girl’s devastating injuries and has offered their unreserved apologies for the failings.
Robert Talbot, medical director at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is quoted as saying:
“After an internal review of practices following the birth, we put in place a renewed educational programme for staff around the monitoring of mothers and babies to reduce the possibility that this kind of error could happen again.
We are pleased that this matter is now settled and that a suitable award has been agreed to provide the family with financial security for the future.”
To cover the costs of care for the rest of her life, the Judge awarded a lump sum of £3m, adding further tax-free annual payments which will rise to £200,000 a year.
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