Search

Disabled Norfolk boy receives £3m compensation from West Suffolk Hospital

07:00 24 July 2012

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

A five-year-old disabled boy from Norfolk yesterday received £3m compensation from the NHS after being starved of oxygen at birth.

A High Court judge approved the settlement for Aiden Oxborrow after the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust admitted liability for his injuries.

The boy, who lives near Wymondham, and is cared for by his father Rory, was born in October 2006 at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds and suffered brain damage before being born by Caesarean section.

He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, his mobility and sight are severely impaired, as are his cognitive abilities, and he will need 24 hour care for the rest of his life, a High Court hearing heard.

To compound the family’s problems, his mother, Deborah, died suddenly last year and his father has given up work to look after him and his younger sister.

Judge Nigel Wilkinson QC approved a settlement of the compensation case, which includes a £1,375,000 lump sum and annual payments to cover the costs of Aiden’s care for the rest of his life.

Sandra Patton, of Thetford-based Ashton KCJ Solicitors, said: “This settlement will enable Aiden’s quality of life to be improved as far as possible in his circumstances and ensure that he can access appropriate care, therapies and specialist equipment throughout his life.”

“Aiden’s family are pleased that, after admitting liability following issue of proceedings, the trust provided them with an apology an that they have now been able to agree a settlement without the need for a full trial.”

Angus Moon QC, for the trust, praised Mr Oxborrow for his devotion to his son - especially following the tragic death of his wife.

He said: “The hospital trust does wish to express its very deep regret for the injuries Aiden suffered. His mother died in August last year and the trust has asked me specifically to pay tribute to the care which his father has given him since then.”

A spokesman for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust added: “We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our apologies to Aiden and his family for the issues which arose during his delivery in 2006.”

“We are pleased that the court has approved a settlement and hope that the award will help Aiden and his family in the future.”

Other news

Lynx  Photograph: Erwin Van Maanen

A trust which wants to reintroduce the lynx back into UK woodlands - including Thetford Forest - says the public are behind the scheme after it carried out a survey.

16 minutes ago
Norfolk Constabulary police vehicle. Picture: James Bass.

A moped was stolen from a garden in Thetford and later found dumped.

East Harling Primary School

The parents of five children who missed out on their first choice primary school have called on decision-makers to do what they can to avoid disrupting their education.

Yesterday, 09:26
One lane of the A11 closed this morning

Witnesses are being sought to a collision which blocked a lane of the A11 this morning after five people were hurt and a man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Most Read

Yesterday, 09:26
One lane of the A11 closed this morning

Witnesses are being sought to a collision which blocked a lane of the A11 this morning after five people were hurt and a man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Read more
East Harling Primary School

The parents of five children who missed out on their first choice primary school have called on decision-makers to do what they can to avoid disrupting their education.

Read more
Norfolk County Council
Lynx  Photograph: Erwin Van Maanen

A trust which wants to reintroduce the lynx back into UK woodlands - including Thetford Forest - says the public are behind the scheme after it carried out a survey.

Read more
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with seven motoring offences in relation to two incidents in Thetford.

Read more
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fire crews have had to tackle a blaze on a 200sqm patch of grassland in Lynford which was deliberately ignited.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 3°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition