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Birth Cerebral Palsy Girl Awarded Compensation

July 25th, 2011. By Compensation News.

A twelve-year-old girl, who sustained brain damage due to errors made during her delivery, has been awarded 5 million pounds in a birth cerebral palsy compensation settlement.

Sophie Clarke (12) from Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was born in 1998 at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. However, a gross abnormality of Sophie´s heart rate was not recognised, despite it being picked up on monitoring equipment.

Had staff at the Princess of Wales Hospital recognised Sophie´s condition, they would have intervened and delivery her by Caesarean Section. However, they allowed the birth to continue naturally, causing Sophie to suffer from a lack of oxygen in the womb.

Sophie suffers from severe cerebral palsy as a result of the mistakes made and now needs twenty-four hour care, is fed via a tube and is confined to a wheelchair.

Solicitors acting on behalf of the family sued the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board for birth cerebral palsy negligence, and in a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court the negotiated settlement of 5 million pounds was approved.


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