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Posted on 30th March 2017

Teenager sues hospital for negligence during his birth

The teenager, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is suing Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Trust, through his mother.

His mother says her son was born severely disabled following a series of medical blunders during his birth.

In her early 30’s when she gave birth at Cheltenham General Hospital in 2001, she says it was clear that her baby’s brain was starved of oxygen during his birth. 

This has left him with disabilities including cerebral palsy affecting all four of his limbs, and has had an effect on his mental capabilities. 

The legal team representing the family claim that medics failed to spot that the baby was in distress whilst in the womb and didn’t act on any of the warning signs.

The family allege that the medical staff at the hospital provided inadequate care, regarding the use of the electronic foetal monitoring system which checks the baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels. 

Should the legal team be able to prove negligence, compensation to the boy could run into seven figures, to ensure his is able to receive the lifelong care needs he requires. 

The NHS Trust has yet to comment on the claims in the writ to the court.