Manchester

Compensation for boy after hips left in wrong position

Hayden Aspin
Image caption Hayden Aspin was left with one leg longer than the other after the operation

A boy who was left with hips in the wrong position after an operation at a Greater Manchester hospital is to receive compensation.

Hayden Aspin was born with bilateral dislocatable hips. He was fitted with a splint at Royal Oldham Hospital but it held them in the wrong position.

The 11-year-old schoolboy now has one leg shorter than the other and walks with a severe limp.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust apologised to Hayden and his family.

Hayden, from Oldham, said: "When I'm walking down the street lots of people look at me and I start getting embarrassed.

"It has also affected me in sports and what I do because obviously... after running I start getting tired and my leg will start to ache."

Further complications

His mother Lara said the hospital had told her it did not have enough money for weekly X-rays to monitor Hayden's hips after the operation.

Maria Repanos, of Irwin Mitchell solicitors, said Hayden was facing hip replacement surgery when he is older and it was likely he would develop osteoarthritis.

A spokesman for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: "Hayden was born in November 1998 with bilateral dislocatable hips.

"Court proceedings commenced in June 2007 and following detailed investigations an admission of liability was made in October 2007.

"An agreed settlement of liability issues has now been approved by the court, and we are now working with Hayden's lawyers to determine the appropriate level of compensation.

"The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is pleased that a settlement has been reached in respect of Hayden's claim.

"We would like to offer Hayden and his family our sincerest apologies."

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