‘Bubbly’ girl compensated by NHS

Posted: 17th April 2014

An 'incredibly bubbly and sociable' eight-year-old girl who was left severely disabled after complications arose during her birth at a Kent hospital has won a multi-million-pound compensation payout from the NHS.

Hospital CorridorThe girl suffered brain damage after a delay during her teenage mother's labour at Medway Maritime Hospital led to her being starved of oxygen. Her legal team launched proceedings against the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, which agreed to a settlement of her claim.

Although the precise terms of the compromise were kept confidential, the girl, who is confined to a wheelchair, will receive a very substantial lump sum, as well as index-linked and tax-free annual payments to cover the costs of her care for life. The package is bound to be worth millions of pounds over her lifetime.

Her mother, who was aged 18 at the time of her traumatic labour, said, "It was an incredibly frightening experience; I was very young, scared and didn’t know what was wrong. I just wanted to make sure that my daughter was fine."

The girl’s lawyers argued that an avoidable delay of 15 minutes caused her injuries. The Trust acknowledged that she should have been born 10 minutes earlier but contended that she would in any event have suffered some brain injury and a degree of disability.

After the settlement was approved by a judge, the girl’s solicitor said, "She is an incredibly bubbly and sociable child but the delay in treatment during her birth has had a significant impact on her development. She will undoubtedly require care for the rest of her life. This has been an incredibly long and hard fought case but it is only right that she receives compensation so that she can access the best treatment and care to support her now and in the future."