Brain damaged girl awarded £1.75m from West Suffolk Hospital

A girl born brain damaged in a Suffolk hospital has won a multi-million pound compensation payout at the High Court.

The girl, now 11, was starved of oxygen during her birth at West Suffolk Hospital in 2000, as staff failed to spot signs of foetal distress.

She is unable to walk or talk and uses a computer to communicate.

Mr Justice Butterfield approved a settlement which will see the NHS Trust pay her £1.75m and an annual payment to fund a lifetime of care.

The payments will start at £25,000 until she is 13, before rising to £43,000 and finally to £90,000 when she turns 18.

'Hope over adversity'

The judge praised the courage of the girl, who uses a motorised wheelchair.

He said: "These occasions are very very humbling for those of us who have not had to care for a seriously disabled child.

"I am constantly amazed by the triumph of hope over adversity."

Sarah Vaughan-Jones QC, for the NHS Trust, said: "We are delighted she is here with her family today.

"The devotion and care of her parents is undoubted and we very much hope that this sum of money will provide her with the very best possible future."

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