Medical negligence leads to £900,000 compensation for Down's youngster

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Warwickshire-born Leo Ison, now 6, had a leg amputated after an NHS trust overlooked a blood clot in his foot. At a London hearing, a settlement was reached in which Leo, who also suffers from Down's syndrome, will receive a compensation package worth £900,000.

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Leo's parents, Fiona and Ian Ison, claimed their son's condition was due to Leicester's Glenfield Hospital failing to notice a clot quickly enough, adding that if the clot had been treated earlier Leo would have lost only his toes.

In a statement, Fiona and Ian said that Leo, who was 3 weeks old at the time, would now spend the rest of his life physically disabled as well as coping with his learning disability.

It is also likely that the youngster will have to undergo several operations to help shape his leg before he reaches adulthood.

Speaking after the hearing, his parents said: "Leo is a delightful and happy little boy, who desperately wants to run and jump like his younger brother, Zach, but at the moment he is refusing to wear his prosthesis because of a bone overgrowth.

"We can now look for a level home to live in so Leo doesn't have to worry about stairs and has a wet room all of his own."

Neil Fearn of Simpson Millar LLP agreed with Judge Alison Hampton's view that the settlement was in the family's best interests.

"The Ison family have been tireless in caring for Leo, helping him to get through one heartache after another," Neil said. "This deal means that they now have the wherewithal to attend to Leo's various operations without reliance on a potentially lengthy NHS waiting list."

Although it was not represented in court, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust wished the family "all the best for the future".

In a statement, the trust said: "We are pleased the court has approved the terms agreed with Leo's family to bring this claim to a close."

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