A teenage girl who suffers from cerebral palsy has been awarded £6.5 million pounds birth injury compensation. Rhiannon Hayman endured sever brain damage at birth which left her acutely disabled. The Welsh teenager obtained her injuries at birth at Bridgend’s Princess of Wales Hospital. She was starved of oxygen when during her breached birth – where the legs emerge first – she encountered a period of asphyxia. The lack of oxygen to the brain instigated her serious brain injuries. Rhiannon needs 24/7 care, cannot talk and cannot walk without help.
ABM University Health Board – formerly Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust – accepted liability for the birth injury before the case went to court. It acknowledged it’s mismanagement of Ms Hayman’s labour, stating that a delay in delivery was highly linked to Rhiannon’s period of asphyxia. It settled the case with a £2 million pounds lump sum payment, with additional payments throughout Rhiannon’s life. The scale of the compensatio reflects Rhiannon’s needs that she will encounter for the rest of her life. The compensation will help pay for her round-the-clock care.
Mr Justice Owen, who approved the birth injury compensation settlement, also added his praise for Rhiannon, saying she was “a remarkable young lady and one cannot help but be moved by her positive attitude to life.” In a statement after the case by ABM University Health Board they affirmed, “Sadly, there is nothing the health board can now do to change the very regrettable outcome of Rhiannon’s birth, but we hope the settlement will enable her to receive the ongoing care she needs.”