Medical negligence: Girl, 15, wins £5m birth compensation claim

Medical negligence: Girl, 15, wins £5m birth compensation claim

A teenage girl has been awarded £5.3 million 15 years after she was left brain damaged during birth.

A judge at London’s High Court ruled St Marys Hospital, Milton, guilty of medical negligence against Sophie Taylor from Portsmouth.

Ms Taylor was left with cerebral palsy as a result of being starved of oxygen while her mother, Lynn, gave birth at the hospital.

Lynn Taylor, speaking after the verdict to Portsmouth News, said: ‘This money will be the security for the rest of Sophie’s life.

‘She has all the needs and wants of any young teenage girl, but she is severely disabled and needs permanent assistance from carers.

‘Our solicitors have fought hard for us and I am delighted the award will enable us to carry out the necessary adaptations on a house that will provide suitable long-term accommodation for Sophie and her carers.’

The family began the legal fight in 1995 when Lynn contacted local personal injury lawyers. They helped her take her case to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

With the help of her lawyers, Lynn claimed medics were at fault in delaying the process of her daughter’s delivery, stating that had her daughter been born just six minutes earlier, she would have avoided serious brain damage.

The trust admitted liability in February 2009. Following this week’s ruling, a trust spokesperson said: ‘The trust would like to reiterate the apology already made to the child and her family and hopes the financial award for damages will secure their future and assist in maximising their potential.

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