Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust have given this statement in response to 10-year-old Louisa Ravouvou receiving a £5 million settlement.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust confirms that terms of settlement were approved by the High Court in London today.
The Trust offered its sincere apologies for the identified failures in care leading up to Ms Ravouvou’s delivery in 2003.
The Trust has made an admission of liability and has agreed a settlement with Ms Ravouvou and her family which we hope will provide assistance for her future and assist Ms Ravouvou in reaching her full potential.
– Spokesperson from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
A 10-year-old girl has been given a £5 million settlement after two hospitals in Oxford and Wiltshire made errors, leaving her severely disabled.
Louisa Ravouvou suffered serious injuries because hospital staff failed to respond to a bleed on the brain while she was in the womb.
They later failed to give her a blood transfusion which she needed shortly after she was born.
The Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, now the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust jointly admitted in May 2012 that breaches of their duty of care caused Louisa's disabilities.
The High Court announced the £5 million pay out today, which will provide her care for the rest of her life.
Sue Jarvis, a partner at Blake Lapthorn who leads the firm's Clinical Negligence team in Oxford and acted for Louisa said, "Today's settlement means that Louisa will receive a package to provide care for the rest of her life.
"Louisa has a much reduced life expectancy but the award will ensure that during her shortened life she receives the care and aids and appliances which she needs."