£12m payout for disabled boy

A High Court judge has approved a £12m compensation agreement for a seven-year-old boy left severely disabled after an abnormal heartbeat was not 'acted upon' during his birth, lawyers said. The Friarage hospital where he was treated has apologised.

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Hospital apologises to disabled boy after £12m payout

A hospital trust has apologised to the family of a seven-year-old boy who has received a £12m compensation payout. Toby Hart will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life after staff at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton failed to spot he had an abnormal heartbeat when he was born.

Toby Hart in 2009, when his family were filmed for ITV News Tyne Tees

South Tees NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are sorry that the care afforded to Mrs Hart and to Toby fell below an acceptable standard and that Toby suffered very substantial injuries as a result.

"We have apologised for the failings and that apology is repeated together with every good wish to Toby and his family.

The trust acknowledges that no amount of money can compensate adequately for the damage suffered but it is hoped at least that the agreed sum will give some financial security and provide for Toby's needs."

£12m payout for disabled boy

A High Court judge has approved a £12m compensation agreement for a seven-year-old boy left severely disabled after an abnormal heartbeat was not 'acted upon' during his birth, lawyers said.

Toby Hart, of Bedale, North Yorkshire, will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life.

Mr and Mrs Hart later said they hoped that the NHS would invest in better midwife training.

Lawyers said a settlement had been agreed with the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospital has apologised to the Hart family.

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