Girl receives payout after brain injected with glue

Multimillion-pound settlement agreed for Maisha Najeeb who suffered permanent brain damage in treatment mix-up.

  Despite having a rare condition that involved arteries and veins getting tangled, Maisha Najeeb, of Essex, was a healthy 10-year-old until she went into hospital in June 2010.  The treatment she received involved injecting glue to block off bleeding blood vessels – which was a result of her condition –  as well as an injection of harmless dye to check blood flow around the brain.  But on one occasion there was no system in place for distinguishing between the syringes containing the glue and the dye, and they got mixed up.  This resulted in glue being wrongly injected into the artery to Maisha's brain, causing catastrophic brain damage.  On Monday, London's High Court approved a settlement against Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust of a £2.8million lump sum, plus £383,000 a year until Maisha is 19, increasing to £423,000 per year for as long as she lives.  The trust, which admitted liability for Maisha's injuries, repeated its unreserved apologies for the shortcomings in her care.  Neil Block QC, said: 'We can't wind the clock back. We hope there are now systems and procedures in place to ensure such a tragic mistake cannot be made again.  "While money can't restore what Maisha has lost, we are sure a great burden has been lifted from the family by coming to the settlement we have."  Outside court, Maisha's father said: "We are sad and devastated by what happened to our daughter.  "I hope that by bringing this case, lessons will have been learned to avoid this happening to other families.  "We are grateful that agreement has been reached with Great Ormond Street to ensure that Maisha's care needs are met."  The compensation will be spent on care and accommodation for Maisha, who needs assistance with all daily tasks, is in a wheelchair and has lost the vast majority of her bodily and cognitive abilities. Read the full story. 
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