£20 million for baby with cerebral palsy following negligence

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Enable Law secured £20million in compensation for a child who suffered a serious brain injury at birth when there were delays in a necessary emergency delivery.

Nicholas* should have been delivered immediately via emergency caesarean when an abnormal CTC trace showed his heart rate kept dropping.

Delays meant Nicholas suffered a lack of oxygen (hypoxia). He now suffers from quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy.

Nicholas is extremely disabled with little use of his arms and legs and needs a wheelchair.

He requires help with all aspects of daily life including feeding, washing and dressing and needs support from a full-time live-in carer helped by a second carer for four additional hours a day. He also needs specially adapted housing which includes a wet room, space to get around in his wheelchair and hoists in different parts of the house.

The compensation will ensure Nicholas can access the high level of care he’ll require throughout his life.

Nicholas will be able to use the money to buy a house that can be specially adapted to his needs. He will also be able to set up a care regime for life to help him be as independent as possible. He can buy equipment to improve the quality of his life – including technology to help him communicate – and afford therapies that will ease his discomfort.

  • Name changed to protect the identity of the child.

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