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Pay-out for disabled boy.

Byline: THOMAS MARTIN

THE parents of a severely disabled boy won the admiration of a top judge for their 'unstinting devotion' to their son, as he was awarded a seven-figure NHS payout.

The nine-year-old, who cannot be identified, was born prematurely at Liverpool Women's Hospital in 2004 and later suffered a respiratory arrest which resulted in catastrophic brain damage.

London's High Court heard that, while the boy has 'significant cognitive ability' he suffers from severe cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

Through his mum he sued Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, alleging that the care he received following his early birth was 'mismanaged'.

The trust strongly refuted the allegations and denied any negligence, but the parties nevertheless reached a financial settlement of the case - avoiding the need for a contested trial. The exact terms of the settlement were not revealed, but the court heard the NHS Trust will pay a million-pound lump sum, plus annual, index-linked and tax-free sums to cover the costs of the boy's care for the rest of his life.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Holroyde said the care the youngster had been given by his 'devastated parents' was extraordinary but that they needed additional help and suitable accommodation which the settlement would provide.

The judge added: "I can only commend the efforts they have made in this regard - it is admirable and unstinting devotion which they should take great pride in.

"They can be confident they have been well advised and are doing what is best for their son.

"I wish both the claimant and his family all the best for the future."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2013
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