Northern Ireland

County Antrim girl receives £5.3m in compensation claim against Northern health trust

High Court, Belfast
Image caption The case had been due to run as a five-day trial at the High Court in Belfast earlier this month

An eight-year-old girl from County Antrim who was left profoundly disabled after being starved of oxygen at birth is to receive £5.3m.

The settlement was reached in a compensation claim against the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

The child, who cannot be identified, suffered hypoxia due to a delay in her delivery at Antrim Area Hospital in 2007.

It resulted in a series of complex health issues.

These included severe cerebral palsy and complex epilepsy.

Her parents sued the trust, claiming medical negligence.

The case had been due to run as a five-day trial at the High Court in Belfast earlier this month.

However, full liability was admitted a week before the listed hearing date.

The figure of £5.3m covers damages and the costs of past and future care for the child.

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