Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fareham teenager in £5.3m hospital payout

A teenager left severely brain damaged after complications when she was born has been awarded a £5.3m payout.

The 15-year-old, from Fareham, Hampshire, was born at St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth in 1995 but suffered oxygen starvation.

The family's legal team claimed that if she had been born six minutes earlier she would have not have suffered from brain damage.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust apologised to the family.

It was agreed that it would pay 66.5% of damages, which originally totalled £7.9m, and this was rubber-stamped at the High Court earlier.

The teenager, who uses a wheelchair, needs round-the-clock care which will be funded by the payout.

'Terribly difficult'

Her mother said: "My daughter has all the needs and wants of any young teenage girl but she is severely disabled and needs permanent assistance from carers.

"She is sociable and knows her own mind. The years looking after her with the rest of the family have been terribly difficult at times."

The money will be used to carry out adaptations on a house which will provide long-term accommodation.

A hospital spokesman said: "The trust would like to reiterate the apology already made to the child and her family and hopes the financial award for damages will secure their future and assist in maximising their potential.

"The trust has taken every possible action to further improve its maternity services to prevent a re-occurrence of an incident of this kind."

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