Seven-year-old in brain injury payout

Davina Parmer was left unable to see or speak and had to be fed through a tube after suffering a heart attack within two days of birth.

Health bosses for Walsall Manor Hospital admitted liability in the case last year and Davina’s parents were awarded the settlement at The High Court on Monday (October 14). Barrister, Fiona Neale QC, said the child had been born underweight and with an undiagnosed genetic disorder in June 2006. "She is a very, very disabled little girl," she told the Judge. "She has severe learning difficulties. She can communicate only at the most basic level by facial expression and basic sounds. She is wholly dependent on outside care." At the High Court in London, Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust barrister, Adrian Hopkins QC, expressed “regret” for the admitted breach of duty in monitoring Davina during her first days. The Trust had previously accepted it had breached its duty in connection with the monitoring of Davina’s blood-glucose levels. Although the details of the settlement were kept confidential, it included a substantial lump sum and annual tax-free payments. Amir Khan, medical director at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust said: "Investigations into Davina’s legal claim led to a compromise being reached. "The court approved a settlement of Davina’s claim. It is intended that the agreed compensation will provide Davina with security for the future. We offer our best wishes to Davina and her family." Read the ful story here
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