The mother of a boy who was born with brain injuries after medical staff failed to notice his slowing heartbeat during labour has been awarded a High Court settlement of £11 million after Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust admitted its mistakes.
If the boy’s slowing heartbeat had been noticed and a caesarean section performed 15 minutes before he was delivered, the baby may have been born without any injuries. Instead, now aged nine, he has severe cerebral palsy and is not expected to live beyond 39 due to the failures.
His mother described how she “instantly knew something was wrong when he wasn’t crying. He was completely still, wasn’t crying. That’s when all the doctors rushed in to work on my son. Prior to that I hadn’t seen many doctors.”
The trust admitted its mistakes in 2013 and the maternity unit at King George closed that same year.
Adam Hodson, Associate Solicitor for Medical Accident Group, said: “Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious health problems often caused by birth injuries and medical negligence during labour or childbirth. What this tragic case demonstrates is that such life-altering injuries can and should be entirely avoidable and preventable.”
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