Compensation claim success for boy brain damaged at birth


An 8 year old boy, Callum Davies, has been awarded a £2.275 million lump sum and annual payments for his care after he was starved of oxygen during birth leaving him with cerebral palsy and in need of extensive full-time care for the rest of his life.

Callum was starved of oxygen during a 15 minute delay in his delivery at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. He now suffers severe brain damage and dyskinetic cerebral palsy. The £multi-million settlement will help towards adaptations to his family home and will also pay for a tailored education programme to help Callum make the most of his restricted life.

A newborn baby boyHealth officials apologised to Callum’s family and admitted there are "lessons to learn". Alexander Hutton, for the NHS, said: "It led to lots of soul-searching at the trust, which has attempted to improve services since then".

"An apology may be scant consolation, but it is sincere."

The Judge in the case, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, paid tribute to Callum’s family, telling his parents that they had given Callum care standards of the "highest order".

She went on to say: "I know that Callum's injuries have impacted on you and your whole family as a unit and that is something which at times is very, very difficult for families".

"I am well aware that the settlement approved by the court is not the complete answer, but what I do hope for the family is that these monies will make life easier."

"Not just the increased level of care, improvements to the home and education, but also down to holidays, so you and your family can spend some time together."

A spokesperson for the health board said: "This is an extremely sad case, and our thoughts are with Callum and his family".

"We would like to repeat the apology that the health service has previously given in this case - we are very sorry."

"There were lessons to learn from this difficult case. We have worked in collaboration with the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to improve training across the NHS for all those involved in monitoring babies during childbirth. "

"Maintaining a high quality for maternity services is a priority for the health board and we will be doing all that we can to reduce the risks to mothers and babies."

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