Boy Brain Damaged at Birth Awarded £10 Million Settlement
A boy who suffered severe brain damage at birth has been awarded a compensation settlement worth £10 million.
Aaron Crosby, who is now nine years old, was deprived of oxygen during his birth at Lincoln County Hospital in 2004 after his mother was given too high a dose of a drug designed to stimulate contractions.
Mrs Crosby was in considerable distress but the equipment to monitor the baby’s vital signs had become disconnected and so Aaron’s heart rate was not checked during the 35 minutes prior to his birth.
He now suffers from athetoid cerebral palsy and epilepsy and has a reduced life expectancy. He requires around-the-clock care, a specially adapted home and equipment in order to help him live as fulfilled a life as possible.
The hospital admitted that there had been failures in Aaron’s care and agreed to settle the claim. The compensation award, which has now been approved by the High Court, is comprised of a £3.25 million lump sum plus staged annual periodical payments.