The failure of the paediatric team at the hospital to treat the virus appropriately caused catastrophic brain injury. He now suffers extreme behavioural difficulties, cognitive and movement difficulties, eyesight and communication problems and autism.
At an approval hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice, Mrs Justice Lambert said she was pleased West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust had admitted liability and agreed to settle his case. She approved the settlement of £37m put forward by Paul and Henry Witcomb QC.
'The effects of the negligence have been tragic both for the boy and his family,' Mrs Justice Lambert said.
'No amount of compensation will allow the family to live a normal life but the settlement will ultimately enable them to access funds to pay for vital care, education and therapies to help their child live the best possible life,' Paul said.
The chief executive of the trust apologised to the boy's family in a letter sent in May 2017. He said lessons had been learned and steps had been taken to ensure 'nothing similar will ever happen again'.
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