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Brain damaged schoolgirl wins £6.5m compensation

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A 15-year-old girl left severely brain damaged from birth has been awarded a £6.5m compensation package after a Welsh NHS Trust admitted substantial failings in front of the High Court.

Rhiannon Hayman has lived with cerebral palsy since being starved of oxygen during her mother’s labour. She has never been able to talk or walk without help and will always require round-the-clock care from her parents and doctors.

But her family’s constant struggle was made a little easier after the High Court’s decision to award an initial £2m to the Haymans, followed by supplementary payments for the rest of her life.

The Hayman’s lawyers argued that staff from the former Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust, working at Bridgend’s Princess of Wales Hospital, had failed to provide a “reasonable standard of care” when Mrs Hayman went through labour in 1994. Rhiannon suffered from asphyxia, and eventually brain damage, as a result of being born feet first.

“Sadly, there is nothing the health board can now do to change the very regrettable outcome of Rhiannon’s birth, but we hope the settlement will enable her to receive the ongoing care she needs,” the ABM University Health Board said after the award.

Before approving the settlement, High Court judge Mr Justice Owen told the Haymans that Rhiannon was a “remarkable young lady” who has lived on despite the “grievous misfortune she suffered at birth”, adding: “The settlement means that her financial future is secure.”

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Written by Andrew Hodges

February 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

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