A Lostwithiel man who was left disabled after suffering a serious birth injury is to receive millions of pounds in medical negligence compensation.
The Cornish Guardian reports that Daniel Andersen suffered hemiplegia, or a partial paralysis, and severe epilepsy, when there were complications during his birth at St Austell’s Penrice Midwifery Unit.
The High Court approved a clinical negligence claim made by Mr Andersen’s mother Sharon against the Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. The damages 19-year-old Daniel is set to receive will allow him to leave as full a life as possible and enable him to afford the support and care he will require.
His medical negligence solicitors state it was not appropriate for a first-time mother to have given birth at the midwifery unit and that the GP in charge did not manage Sharon’s labour properly. There were no obstetricians on-site and the facility did not have facilities to perform a Caesarean section or monitor the baby’s heart.
The solicitors claim his mother was not fully informed about the lack of facilities and the risks of the procedure when she was booked into the unit, and when problems occurred during the August 1994 birth, she should have been taken to Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital.
On Monday January 27th, High Court Judge William Birtles QC approved an interim £50,000 medical negligence compensation payout while Mr Andersen’s full injuries and damages are analysed. The overall value of this claim is likely to reach seven figures.
The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which initially denied liability, did not make any comment to the publication.
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