Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has agreed it was to blame for a baby’s brain injury it was heard at the High Court in Birmingham this week.
The injury resulted in severe cerebral palsy for the male baby, who is now 11 years old.
It was disclosed during the hearing that midwives on duty at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in 2002 had failed to respond quickly enough when there was a problem.
The baby’s mother was on the maternity ward when she began bleeding. Her husband informed the medical staff straight away but his actions failed to provoke any sense of urgency. He added that 10 minutes had passed before anyone arrived to help.
When the family learned about the baby’s brain damage following his delivery, it was difficult for them not to be angry. However, the baby’s parents, who now have 3 other children tried to focus on giving their son as high a quality of life as possible.
The family, from Malvern, are now relieved that the settlement of a lifetime care package has been agreed, knowing that their son will be dependent on it for the rest of his life.
Speaking about his son, the baby’s father said: “Our son is a joy to be around and his brother and sisters dote on him.”
He said that the ruling feels like a ‘new beginning and gives us peace of mind.’ He says that he hopes the trust has improved its services to stop others going through what they have.
A spokesperson from the trust said that it accepts the ruling of the court and is happy about the securing of the boy’s future.
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Published 11th February 2015.