Eight year old boy awarded £2.2 million in damages
- AuthorJudith Thomas-Whittingham
The High Court awarded Callum Davies, an eight year old boy, over £2 million in damages this week after he was left disabled following his birth in 2002 at Nevill Hall Hospital.
Callum Davies was starved of oxygen after his birth was delayed by 15 minutes, which left him brain damaged and suffering from Cerebral Palsy.
The High Court held that the Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust, now the Anuerin Bevan Health Board, had to pay Callum a lump sum of over £2.2 million as well as yearly payments to cover the cost of his care. The large payout will cover the cost of modifying his family home along with providing for his education among other things.
Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, sitting in the High Court, said, “What I do hope for the family is that these monies will make life easier. Not just the increased level of care, improvements to the home and education, but also down to holidays, so you and your family can spend some time together."
The Trust has now apologised to Callum and his family and acknowledged that there was a breach of duty in Callum’s birth.
A spokesperson for the Trust said that preserving a high quality in maternity services is a major priority for the health board. He further stated after the hearing that the Trust is now working in collaboration with the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to improve training across the NHS for all those involved in monitoring babies during childbirth.
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By clinical negligence specialist, Laura Hannah