Lancashire

Preston family sue over son's brain damage

A couple who claim their son was left with severe brain damage because of delayed treatment for severe jaundice are suing a Lancashire hospital.

Jaudaan Bapu, five, from Preston, was left with cerebral palsy, difficulty walking and hearing problems.

He developed severe jaundice shortly after birth. His parents, Zuber and Halim, say they were told to put him in sunlight after raising concerns.

The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is investigating.

The boy was taken ill following his birth at The Royal Preston Hospital.

His parents claim that a community midwife told them to put the baby into sunlight when they first raised their fears that he had jaundice.

They said he was rushed to hospital the next day following a blood test. The baby was diagnosed with kernicterus, a rare condition affecting approximately seven babies a year in the UK.

"I've got friends and relatives who if they have newborns with even mild jaundice will rush them off to hospital," said Jaudaan's father Zuber. "If we knew what we know now, it might have been different."

Jaudaan's mother said the condition has had a devastating effect on the boy.

"He wants to do things that other children can do, he tries and tries and tries again. There are times when he gets really frustrated because he just can't do it," she said.

The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it could not comment as legal action was now pending, but it said it was investigating the case.

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