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Compensation Awarded for Boy’s Birth Injuries

A multi-million pound compensation package has been awarded to a boy who suffered severe injuries as a result of being deprived of oxygen during his birth, reports the Bristol Post.

The boy, who is now eleven, was born at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol. During his birth, medical staff allegedly failed to monitor his heart-rate sufficiently and missed signs that he was in difficulty.

As a result of the oxygen deprivation he suffered severe brain damage and developed cerebral palsy. He has been left physically disabled and dependent on full-time care for the rest of his life.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust denied any liability for the boy’s injuries, but has agreed in court to a settlement that amounts to around £4.5 million.

This compensation will include a lump sum and annual payments to meet the boy’s care needs for the rest of his life.

A spokesperson for the NHS Trust praised the care the boy has received from his family and expressed its good wishes to them for the future.

"The trust denied liability but they were at considerable risk of being found liable and were well advised to seek a settlement,” commented the judge who approved the settlement, the Bristol  Post reported.

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