NHS Compensation awarded in 2 cases of brain damage at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage

NHS compensation totalling £22million has been awarded to 2 patients who suffered brain damage as the result of treatment they received at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Both deals should ensure that both affected patients have care funded for life. 

Reported in the Hertfordshire Mercury, the first case of a now eleven old girl dated back to the days immediately after her birth in 2005. After a healthy caesarean delivery she developed feeding difficulties, but was, nonetheless, discharged from hospital. Brain damage resulted when her blood sugar levels fell dangerously low. The East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust which runs the hospital accepted at a hearing in early April that it was a mistake to discharge her without having established reliable feeding. Her brain injury has left her with “significant problems moving her limbs and she is registered blind.” The Court also heard that “she has poor hand-eye coordination, struggles with eating, has learning difficulties and it is very unlikely she will be able to work.” Speaking after the settlement, the girl's mother said: "While nothing can turn back the clock and reverse our daughter's brain injury, it is a huge relief that the court has agreed this settlement which will give us peace of mind that her care, rehabilitation and equipment will be covered for the rest of her life." Later on in the month, the same NHS trust was back at London’s High Court where they agreed to a £5million deal for a man who suffered a serious brain injury during a procedure to change his tracheostomy tube in 2011 which left his brain was starved of oxygen. His barrister outlined the extent of his brain damage which means he now requires fulltime care and specially adapted housing and equipment. The East and North Hertfordshire Trust has offered full apologies in both cases.
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