The family of a girl from Kidderminster has won a multi million pound birth injury claim for compensation from the NHS.
Holly Nixon was born with cerebral palsy after mistakes during her birth at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The six year old has also been left quadriplegic by the NHS’ negligence, and has restricted vision and speech.
Holly’s mum had reportedly expressed concerns over the way her pregnancy was evolving during the end of her pregnancy in 2003. It was decided that a caesarean section was required to deliver Holly safely, however delays in this procedure had devastating consequences. The delays in delivery meant that Holly suffered from oxygen starvation in the womb, which caused her brain damage and cerebral palsy.
Her parents launched a birth injury claim against the NHS in question, to claim compensation for their negligence. The claim was settled out of court after the NHS Trust admitted liability. The compensation amount settled on was a sum of £2 million pounds, with additional yearly payments to cover the costs of Holly’s extensive care needs.
The settlement was approved by Judge Robin Spencer at London’s High Court yesterday, who also paid tribute to Holly and her family. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust issued an unreserved apology to Holly and her parents for the level of care that they received.