Mother's compensation win

A mother from Dorset has been awarded £7.1m compensation for her brain-damaged son from the hospital where he was born.

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14-year compensation battle finally won

It's taken 14 years, but tonight a mother has won her legal battle against a hospital whose errors left her son brain damaged at birth.

Charlie Scott, from Dorset, was starved of oxygen and born with a serious form of cerebral palsy. It has left him unable to walk, talk, sit up or drink without help.

His mother, Clare, has now been awarded more than £7m damages after her lawyers proved midwives were at fault. Sally Simmonds takes up the story.


Hospital statement following compensation payout

Paula Shobbrook, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, from Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We apologise sincerely to Charles and his family for the level of care they received.

"In October 2010 the Trust admitted that the standard of care afforded to Charles' mother during the course of her labour and his delivery fell below an acceptable standard.

“Soon after receiving a fully detailed letter of claim from the family’s lawyers in March 2010, the Trust admitted negligence in October. "

Mother wins £7.1m compensation

Clare Scott Credit: ITV Meridian

The mother of a teenager who was left brain damaged at birth has been awarded £7.1million damages following a gruelling 14 year fight against the hospital responsible.

Clare Scott began a long legal battle with NHS bosses after her son Charlie was born with a serious form of cerebral palsy.

It is believed that the umbilical cord wrapped around Charlie's shoulders for more than 20 minutes in the womb before midwives noticed.

If the problem had been spotted, Mrs Scott could have been given an emergency Caesarean section.

As it was Charlie was starved of oxygen and it took 55 minutes before he was able to breath on his own.

He was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic hemiplegic athetoid cerebral palsy at six-months-old.

He cannot walk, talk, sit up, or drink without help and will need care for the rest of his life.

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