A boy who suffered a fractured skull during birth is in line to receive a multi-million pound injury compensation payout.
The 12-year-old, who is one of a pair of twins, is facing a lifetime of disability after being born 10 weeks premature at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Hospital, the Newcastle Evening Chronicle reports.
It is claimed that forceps were used with "excessive force", causing the skull fracture and brain damage; had he been delivered by Caesarean section, the injuries would not have been caused.
While the total amount of injury compensation the boy’s parents will receive is yet to be decided, his lawyers have predicted that it will be a seven-figure sum to cover the cost of his care for the rest of his life.
The news comes soon after a 15-year-old boy left unable to walk or speak after suffering brain damage at birth was awarded a GBP 1.35 million injury compensation payout from the NHS.