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Posted on 11th July 2016

Boy receives £11m after suffering brain damage during birth

The mother of a child born with brain injuries has told the BBC that she hopes she can provide her son with a better quality of life following the high court settlement.

Jane told the BBC that her son might have been healthy if staff at King George Hospital Ilford had noticed his slowing heartbeat during her labour.

The court heard that if just 15 minutes before he was delivered staff had noticed the baby’s heartrate and performed a caesarean section, he may have had no injuries at all.

Her son, now aged 9, suffers from severe cerebral palsy due to the failings by Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS trust. He is not expected to live beyond 39.

Jane has battled with her council to help her with care, and received just three hours a week thanks to the help from charitable organisations.

She hopes the £11m settlement, ratified in the high court last week, will help her secure care and improve his quality of life.

Talking to the BBC Today Programme Jane said: “The labour was very intense. It was very difficult, it was very hard. My son was in distress. It was very traumatic. I 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 closed its maternity unit.

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