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£2.45 million pay out for cerebral palsy sufferer

A boy whose brain was starved of oxygen during his birth resulting in cerebral palsy, has been awarded a multimillion pound pay out from an NHS Trust.

The High Court heard how Darryl Munashe Kupahurasa was born at the Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 2007 and his mother was wrongly given the drug Syntocrin, which led to Darryl suffering from cerebral palsy.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust admitted liability and have apologised to the family for what has happened.

Darryl was awarded £2.45 million plus annual payments to cover the cost of his care.

While his mother, Portia Kupahurasa, was in labour she was given a drip which contained Syntocrin, which is used to induce and aid labour but the drug was not needed.

Melanie Lidstone-Land, medical negligence specialist lawyer at Swain & Co says, “When contractions occur during labour, it momentarily reduces oxygen to the baby.”

“When labour inducing drugs are used inappropriately, it can make contractions too strong, decreasing the amount of oxygen to the baby even further.”

This was the case for Portia Kupahurasa.

Her 6 year old son will not be able to walk or talk, and he suffers from ‘on-going severe cognitive and learning difficulties’.

Melanie goes on to say, “Although no amount of money will change what has happened, the family can ensure Darryl is cared for for life and has the specialist equipment he needs.”

Birth injuries can devastate families’ lives.

If you or your child has been injured during birth as a result of medical negligence, speak to Melanie Lidstone-Land and the medical negligence team for free.

We offer free initial consultation to discuss the potential of making a claim as well as the funding options available, such as No Win No Fee and Legal Aid.

Call Melanie and the medical negligence team for free on 0800 0351 999

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