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Boy with cerebral palsy awarded £10m payout

A boy who suffered severe brain damage, and now suffers from cerebral palsy due to a medical mistake during his birth, has recently been awarded compensation of around £10m from the hospital in which he was born.

Aaron Crosby’s mother was given a drug designed to stimulate contractions during labour.  However, excessive doses were used and Aaron was left starved of oxygen after his mother experienced uterine hyperstimulation.

Medical staff did not monitor Aaron’s heartbeat for the last 35 minutes of his delivery, due to his heart monitor becoming disconnected as a result of his mother’s distress.

As a result of these medical mistakes, Aaron has been left with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and brain damage.  He also has a reduced life expectancy.

After the court hearing Aaron’s family released a statement saying “Aaron will require 24-hour care, a specially adapted home and transport, a variety of equipment and aids and physiotherapy and still won't be able to live the kind of life he deserves.  The family now hope that lessons have been learned from this case and the same mistakes can be avoided in future."

A trust spokesman said "The trust is pleased that the hearing has been brought to a mutually satisfactory conclusion and hopes that the agreed settlement will assist Aaron to achieve his full potential in the future.”

The payout is believed to be one of the largest by the NHS and reflects the severity of Aaron’s condition.

Melanie Lidstone-Land, Senior Associate at Swain & Co Solicitors LLP says, "This is a tragic case with very serious consequences.  I hope that the Trust involved will learn lessons from this case and ensure such medical errors do not occur again."

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