A child from Wales who was born severely disabled as a result of being starved of oxygen at birth has been awarded £18 million compensation.
The seven-year-old child, who cannot be named, has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy which affects muscles in their legs, developmental delay, learning disabilities, behavioural and sensory issues.
The disability comes as a result of an incident at birth where the child’s mother suffered a ruptured uterus and experienced an unnecessary delay before she was given a caesarean delivery eight hours after being admitted to the hospital.
The child now requires 24-hour care for life.
Cwm Taf health board admitted liability for injuries sustained in the 2012 birth at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant.
A settlement totalling £17.9 million was agreed, which includes a £7.75 million lump sum, and £92,000 annual payments, rising to £155,000 in 2031, to cover the child’s care for life.
The child’s mother described the situation as a ‘long seven-year battle’ alleging that the hospital initially conducted a review and gave them ‘a scrap piece of paper concluding that no lessons needed to be learned’.
She said: “We simply could not believe that its senior medical staff, tasked with reviewing incidents involving serious, lifelong and preventable injuries, failed to identify error after error.”
“When you have a child with cerebral palsy, the entire family is significantly impacted. The plans and lifestyle we had and should have had have simply gone.
“We cannot do the things that other families take for granted with ease like going on bike rides or going to the beach. Every day is a challenge.”
Speaking on behalf of the health board, Richard Booth acknowledged that no amount of money could ever fully compensate the child for their birth injuries.
He said: “On behalf of the board I would like to apologise wholeheartedly and unreservedly for the regrettable failings in care in this case. I would also like to pay tribute to the parents for the outstanding care that they have given their child.”