A young boy who faces a lifetime of disability after mistakes during his birth has secured what could prove to be a multi-million pound NHS injury compensation package.
Shane Barrett, who is now five, suffered brain damage when his heart stopped in his mother’s womb during her labour in 2004, the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press reports.
It was later discovered that midwives were listening to his mother’s heart rate on the day of the birth rather than Shane’s.
A settlement approved by a High Court judge will lead to Shane receiving 85 per cent in injury compensation of the damages to be assessed, which could run into the millions of pounds to cover his care over a lifetime.
In a similar case, the NHS recently agreed to pay GBP 1 million in injury compensation to a Suffolk teenager who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of being starved of oxygen at birth.