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Girl suffered catastrophic brain damage & requires 24-hr care after hospital failures
Lawyers acting for a four-year-old girl who suffered catastrophic brain damage as a newborn while under a hospital’s care say a catalogue of basic errors by staff have devastated her life.
The girl was born healthy but now has cerebral palsy, is deaf and has global developmental delay due to the severe and permanent brain damage she sustained at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Despite her being in a hospital unit staffed by doctors and nurses specialising in care for newborns, an investigation by specialist solicitors at law firm JMW has revealed that vital checks were not done and jaundice was allowed to spiral out of control until her brain was permanently damaged.
Court proceedings have now been issued by JMW Solicitors against Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the girl and her family as the trust has refused to accept its care was negligent despite strong evidence to the contrary from leading independent medical experts.
Angharad Hughes, a brain injury specialist at JMW Solicitors, who is representing the girl in her legal battle against Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, commented:
“This is an extremely tragic case as this child should have been in the best possible hands in the special care baby unit but suffered an injury of the utmost severity due to a lack of basic care. Her parents find that, and the fact they repeatedly raised concerns about the increasing severity of her jaundice, extremely difficult to accept.
“This case comes down to a lack of basic checks of blood bilirubin levels, the substance that causes jaundice and can affect the brain, which in a specialist hospital setting is completely unacceptable.
“This child will require very specialist care and assistance for the rest of her life and will never be able to work or live independently. Every day creates new challenges for her and her parents when they should be just be enjoying her childhood but unfortunately the trust is now adding to their distress by denying any wrong-doing.”
Angharad hopes to eventually settle the case so that the girl can have access to the specialist long-term care that she requires.
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Note to Editors
JMW Solicitors LLP is a leading Manchester law firm and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.JMW’s Clinical Negligence team is headed up by leading clinical negligence lawyer, Eddie Jones.