A teenage boy, who was left with brain damage following a hospital blunder shortly after his birth, has been awarded £6.5 Million in compensation.
The London Evening Standard is reporting that Ewan Waker, from Romford, who is now fifteen, was born at the Harold Wood Hospital in east London but despite being diagnosed with a dangerously low blood sugar level, was sent home by midwives.
Ewan was diagnosed with neonatal hypoglycaemia, which is a common condition often found in babies which can lead to low blood sugar levels. This can be corrected with treatment but when the symptoms were ignored Ewan’s condition rapidly deteriorated, causing irreversible brain damage.
Ewan’s family launched a claim for compensation against the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, who manage the Harold Wood Hospital and were awarded £6.5 million in damages, after the trust admitted liability for the incident.
His mother Cecilia Waker told the newspaper that the High Court ruling had come as a ‘huge relief’’, as this meant that Ewan’s future care had been assured, she went on to say that she hoped lessons had been learnt at the hospital to prevent the same sort of thing happening again.