£7m from Ipswich hospital for brain-injured boy's care
A seven-year-old boy will receive £6.94 million from Ipswich Hospital for brain injuries he suffered after his birth at the hospital. The compensation will go towards the cost of his care throughout his lifetime.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was starved of oxygen at birth and he now requires constant care. He will never be able to live an independent life.
The boy was left with cerebral palsy and dystonia and cannot sit, stand or grab items. He also has speech impairments and learning difficulties.
The hospital admitted liability for not delivering him sooner in 2004.
The High Court heard the hospital was negligent in the management of the boy's birth and he suffered a hypoxic injury which would not have occurred had staff delivered him earlier.
Harry Trusted, representing the boy, said: "He is a very bright, active child, but I cannot paint it in an entirely positive light as he has lots of needs and is unable to sleep.
"The toll on mum and dad is a very heavy one and they had no choice but to move house because of his disabilities."
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust agreed to pay a lump sum of £3.25m with further payments of £124,000-a-year rising to £175,000-a-year in 2023.
The money is compensation for loss of earnings and will also pay for specially adapted accommodation, equipment, speech and language therapy and supporting care.
Mr Justice Butterfield, who approved the settlement, said: "The parents have cared for this child with love and devotion over many years.