£8 Million Awarded to 12-year-old Boy with CP

A 12 year old boy has been awarded £8million in compensation after errors with his birth left him suffering from cerebral palsy. Nathan Humphries was born at North Staffordshire Hospital in April 1998. During his delivery, he was starved of oxygen in the womb. This meant he was born with cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia and […]

A 12 year old boy has been awarded £8million in compensation after errors with his birth left him suffering from cerebral palsy.

Nathan Humphries was born at North Staffordshire Hospital in April 1998. During his delivery, he was starved of oxygen in the womb. This meant he was born with cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia and epilepsy. His family argued that this was caused by staff failing to react to a rise in his mum’s blood pressure, and monitor Nathan’s heartbeat. If Nathan had been born just minutes earlier, it would have prevented the oxygen starvation of the brain.

Nathan now requires the use of a wheelchair and will continue to do so for the rest of his life. He has extensive care needs, and his mother gave up her career to care for him full-time.

The Sentinel newspaper is reporting that his parent’s suspicions were first raised when a relative who’s a midwife informed them that an eclamptic fit that Mrs Humphries’ suffered after giving birth was unusual.

The family sought negligence compensation from the NHS for the failings in Nathan’s birth. Now, after nearly a decade, University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust has admitted liability for his injuries. A compensation settlement has just been approved at Manchester’s High Court. This amounts to over £8million pounds over the course of his lifetime.

The settlement consists of a lump sum payment of £3million, with index-linked annual payments to cover the cost of his ongoing care. The money will be used to fund a specially adapted property for Nathan and provide for his care needs.

Before the settlement, the NHS Trust had already apologised to the family for the level of care that they received.

 

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