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Brain-damaged boy in £3m pay-out from Suffolk hospital

A five-year-old boy from Norfolk has been awarded £3m in compensation after suffering brain damage at birth.

The boy, from Wymondham, was starved of oxygen during his birth by Caesarean section at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, in 2006.

It resulted in cerebral palsy and severely affected his sight and mobility. The hospital has admitted liability for his condition.

The settlement was made at the High Court on Monday.

The financial package consists of a £1,375,000 lump sum plus annual payments to cover the costs of his care for the rest of his life.

Speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk after the hearing, the family's solicitor Sandra Patton said: "The purpose of the claim was to provide my client with the care he needs in the future.

"He will receive a lump sum for items of equipment and accommodation, but critically he will receive an annual payment to cover his care costs and relieve some of the burden from his family.

"He will receive this money for as long as he needs it, but as soon as he ceases to need it, the money ceases to be paid.

"It's a very satisfactory way of dealing with the damages from the point of view of the claimant and the hospital."

A spokesman for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said: "We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our apologies to the family for the issues which arose during his delivery in 2006.

"We are pleased that the court has approved a settlement and hope that the award will help his family in the future."

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