A boy who was left severely disabled after being starved of oxygen at birth has won compensation worth more than £10 million, and an apology from the NHS.
Mistakes by hospital staff during his delivery in 2005 meant the boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – suffered serious brain damage at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where Kate Middleton gave birth to her children.
The boy, now aged 11, has been left with severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and will never be able to work or look after himself.
The family’s barrister, Andrew Lewis, told London’s High Court that the boy will require round-the-clock professional care.
Judge Mr Justice Jay approved a lump sum payout of £8.99 million after the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust agreed to settle the claim.
Until now, the boy has been cared for single-handedly by his mother.
Mr Lewis told the judge that the he payout would ‘give the mother the freedom to choose an appropriate property’ in the area where the family have always lived.
The annual payments will start at £84,000 for the next two years, then rising to £118,120 until he is aged 25, and finally to £205,000 for the rest of his life.
Mr Justice Jay said: ‘This is a more than reasonable settlement. I am fully satisfied that these are reasonable figures and I wish the boy and his mother all the very best for the future.’