Multi-million-pound payout for young boy

A young boy who suffered brain damage due to medical failures at birth has been awarded a multi-million-pound compensation payment, reports the A recent article read:

A “happy and delightful” Stapleford schoolboy, stricken by devastating brain damage due to medical failures during his birth at the Queen’s Medical Centre today won a multi-million-pound compensation pay-out – and a full public apology – in London’s High Court.

George Muir, now almost 12, is afflicted by severe cerebral palsy as a result of brain damage he suffered, due to oxygen starvation, during his delivery in March 2002.

He cannot walk or speak properly, has limited use of his left hand and learning difficulties and will always rely on the care of others.

George’s case reached court today as his legal team sought Mr Justice Turner’s approval for a damages settlement which will be used to fund the enormous costs of the care he will need for the rest of his life.

His parents were in court to hear the judge approve the compromise and draw a line under years of litigation. He also paid tribute to George’s parents and the wider family for their “unstinting” care.

He wished the family, from Stapleford, Nottingham, “all the best for the future”.

George’s QC, Robert Glancy, said his parents had travelled down from Nottinghamshire for the hearing as “they wanted to see an end to their case”.

According to the family’s claim, George was delivered by emergency caesarean section after showing increasing signs of foetal distress in the womb.

When born, he had acute difficulties breathing and had to be urgently resuscitated.

Through his mother, Samantha, George sued the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, alleging there had been a negligent delay in bringing him into the world.

The Trust admitted liability and its counsel, Martin Forde QC, stood up in court to issue a full apology for the events of March 20th 2002.

He said the Trust was “deeply sorry for what happened and for its enormous impact on George’s life and on every member of his family”.

The QC added that George’s parents had devoted their lives to his care, and described him as a “happy and delightful boy”.

The exact figures involved were kept confidential, but Mr Glancy said the settlement will take the form of a substantial lump-sum – plus annual, index-linked and tax-free payments to cover the cost of George’s future care.

Mr Justice Turner said George’s family had provided “deeply impressive” care to him since his birth, and concluded: “I hope that this compensation will go some way to putting right what’s been done”.

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