Girl who suffered catastrophic injury at birth receives £10.8m


An 11-year-old girl who suffered catastrophic injury at birth has been awarded £10.8 million in compensation by the High Court.

Hospital Birth Injury

Milly Evans suffered a seizure after her birth at Lincoln Country Hospital in March 2001.

United Lincolnshire NHS Trust admitted liability for her catastrophic injury at birth, but contested the amount of compensation.

Milly’s parents Andy and Kate Evans alleged that if Milly’s heart had been monitored properly during birth, any foetal distress would have been detected by a midwife and Milly could have been delivered before harm came to her.

Milly is unable to speak and is confined to a wheelchair as a result of cerebral palsy. She requires constant 24/7 care, but is not affected intellectually, despite her physical impairment, and can communicate using equipment which responds to eye gaze.

The judge Sir Robert Nelson approved a settlement which included a lump sum payment of £5.866m – plus periodic payments for the duration of Milly’s life to a maximum of £204,000 annually.

The trust has offered Milly’s family an “unreserved apology” for the events which lead to her catastrophic injury at birth – and United Lincolnshire NHS Trust stated that guidelines had been changed “significantly” since then.

Milly’s father is a former Squadron leader in the RAF and a member of the Red Arrows. The judge praised the family’s care for Milly – her father has given up his career to help look after her.

Her family will use the money to build a specially adapted home for Milly, including an extensive hydrotherapy pool.

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