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MUM'S PAY-OUT JOY; EXCLUSIVE Hospital agrees not to fight ruling on compensation.


PARENTS of a boy who faces a lifetime of disability are finally to receive compensation from the hospital accused of failing him.

After an eight-year fight Pauline Loraine, 39, has learned that Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust will not appeal against the high court's decision to award her compensation.

Despite a request from a judge not to put the Rock Ferry mother-of-five through an appeal the trust had said it was considering one.

However it has finally relented.

With a lifetime of 24 hour-a-day care ahead of eight-year-old Stephen, it is believed the pay-out will run into millions.

He was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy at Arrowe Park hospital, having been starved of oxygen in the womb. Doctors sent his mother home after a scan in August 2000, but failed to check records of her previous four births which would have shown she had a fibroid in her womb which caused massive bleeding three days later.

The high court ruled that if she had been kept in hospital earlier, 20 vital minutes would have been shaved off Stephen's delivery time.

Mrs Loraine said: "I'm so relieved, eight years is long enough.

"We were warned that an appeal could drag this out for another 18 months, and it would be painful to go through the whole thing again.

"This will make such a difference to Stephen's life and that's all I want.

"We have no ramps and to be able to move him from room to room or get him out in the garden will be brilliant."

The former waitress gave up her job to care for Stephen, and shares round-the-clock carer 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.

A spokesman for the trust said: "The trust would like to place on record its regret at the serious injuries sustained by Stephen around the time of his birth on August 22, 2000.

"We would like to bring the claim to an end as soon as possible by agreeing the appropriate level of compensation with Stephen's solicitors, which will hopefully provide security for Stephen and support for both him and his family going forward.

"The trust would like to wish them all the very best for the future."


LONG BATTLE: Pauline Loraine with her son Stephen
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2008
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