Hospital to pay millions after birth blunder; Stephen, 7, will need care for rest of his life.Byline: By KEVIN CORE
ACHILD starved of oxygen in his mother's womb has won a large compensation pay-out from the hospital that failed him.
Seven-year-old Stephen Loraine, of Rock Ferry, needs 24-hour care after doctors atWirral's Arrowe Park Arrowe Park is an area of parklands, wood, heath & leisure facilities on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. The park is also known as Arrowe Country Park. The park comprises approximately 425 acres of land. hospital sent his mother home following a scan in August 2000.
If they had seen records of Pauline Loraine's previous four births, they would have realised she had a "fibroid fibroid /fi·broid/ (fi´broid)
1. having a fibrous structure; resembling a fibroma.
4. in the plural, a colloquial term for leiomyoma of the uterus. " in her womb and endured a previous breech delivery breech delivery
Delivery of a fetus with the buttocks or feet appearing first. Also called breech birth.
breech delivery Obstetrics Extraction or expulsion of the fetus feet or buttocks first .
But they were not shown the, and three days later, she suffered a massive bleed at home.
At the high court yesterday, a judge ruled that if the 39-year-old had been kept in hospital, 20 crucial minutes would have been shaved off Stephen's delivery time, preventing him being starved of oxygen.
He was diagnosed with spastic spastic /spas·tic/ (spas´tik)
1. of the nature of or characterized by spasms.
2. hypertonic, so that the muscles are stiff and movements awkward.
1. quadriplegic quadriplegic /quad·ri·ple·gic/ (-ple´jik)
1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by quadriplegia.
2. an individual with quadriplegia. cerebral palsy cerebral palsy (sərē`brəl pôl`zē), disability caused by brain damage before or during birth or in the first years, resulting in a loss of voluntary muscular control and coordination. and impaired sight.
The amount of the pay-out has not yet been assessed, but with a lifetime's care ahead of him, it could run into millions of pounds.
Mrs Loraine said: "This has been an eight-year struggle, but we always said as long as Stephen keeps breathing, we will keep fighting for him.
"We are so relieved. A court case is stressful enough, but when the future of your child is at stake, it is the most important thing in the world."
The former waitress gave up her job to care for Stephen, and shares round-the-clock duties with her husband Mark, 40, who works for Mersey ferries. The youngster receives care at Wirral's Claire House and attends the Lyndale school in Eastham.
Mrs Loraine said: "We have moved into the dining room to fit in Stephen's hospital bed, but the room is too small to get a hoist or even his wheelchair in.
"He is nearly eight and he is getting bigger. His muscles can get very stiff and this makes him difficult for me to carry.
"There is a lot of medical equipment involved. He cannot eat and I have to prepare a tube for his stomach and a milk and fibre solution.
"I am just thinking about adapting a room and getting a bathroom on the same floor.
At the moment, it is upstairs and it is very hard work.
"I only hope the hospital respects the judge's verdict and does not drag us through an appeal.
"Despite everything, Stephen is a happy boy and we are lucky to have him."
Mr Justice Plender refused Wirral university teaching hospital NHS foundation trust NHS Foundation Trusts (often referred to as "foundation hospitals") are hospitals which are part of the National Health Service in England. Function
They have a significant amount of managerial and financial freedom when compared to existing NHS Trust. permission to appeal against his judgement, although it can approach the court of appeal.
A trust spokesman said: "We acknowledge the high court judgement.
"It would be inappropriate to comment before it has considered its implications in full, especially as an appeal is being contemplated."
Strike at hospitals
NON-medical staff at two Merseyside hospitals have voted to strike.
They will walk out of Arrowe Park and Clatter clat·ter
v. clat·tered, clat·ter·ing, clat·ters
1. To make a rattling sound.
2. To move with a rattling sound: clattering along on roller skates. bridge in Wirral next Friday Next Friday is the 2000 sequel to Friday , which depicts the neighborhood of South Los Angeles in a comedic sense. The hero, Craig Jones (Ice Cube), leaves home and moves in with his lottery winning and sex-crazed Uncle Elroy (Don "D.C." Curry) in Rancho Cucamonga. over a row about pay.
Members of the Unite union The Unite Union (Unite) is a trade union in New Zealand. It is the sponsor of the Supersizemypay.com campaign directed towards improving working conditions for fast food workers in the country.
Unite is affiliated with the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. are angry after Wirral university hospital NHS foundation trust made their salaries monthly, rather than weekly.
The union, which claims talks aimed at resolving the dispute have been delayed, wants the decision reversed because it says workers are already struggling with soaring living costs.
Unite's industrial organiser Brian Nelson said: "Many of our members cannot afford this."
COSTLY CARE: Stephen Loraine, of Rock Ferry, will need round-the-clock care for the rest of his life