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Hospital trust admits failings over brain-damaged baby

The parents of a baby boy who suffered catastrophic injuries at birth are to receive a lifetime settlement to pay for his care after a hospital in Bristol admitted liability.

Midwives at St Michael's Hospital made a series of errors which led to Ollie Lewis suffering brain damage when he was born two years ago. The trust that runs the hospital has now agreed to pay his parents, who live in Weston Super Mare, for his continuing care.

Ollie's father Neil Lewis says the admission has left him and his partner Charmaine Malcolm with mixed emotions.

Of course, we are relieved that Ollie's future will be financially secure and that the trust has admitted its mistakes, but at the same time it's hard to come to terms with the fact that our son is permanently brain-damaged because of failures by the midwifery team and hospital.

We trusted the hospital staff and believed they would do everything possible to keep Charmaine and Ollie safe, so to know this wasn't the case has left us feeling angry, confused and frustrated.

Ollie is a remarkable little boy and we are incredibly proud of him, but nothing can turn back the clock.

– Neil Lewis, Father