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Alex Butler awarded 1.4m euros for injuries at birth

The Republic of Ireland's High Court has approved an initial award of 1.4m euros (£1.2m) for an eight-year-old girl seriously injured at birth.

Alex Butler's mother sued the Health Service Executive and two consultants on her daughter's behalf.

She was claiming negligence, breach of duty and breach of contract. Alex is tetraplegic with cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound.

The family will return to court in two years for a decision on future care.

A HSE representative read the court a statement from Waterford Regional Hospital.

The hospital said it wished to say sorry to Alex and it accepts the injuries she received at birth should not have happened to her.

Alex was born in the hospital on 12 April 2005.

Sonya Butler's consultant was on leave and a locum consultant obstetrician delivered the baby.

Alex was described as being limp and blue at birth and had seizures in her first few hours of life.

The actions against the two consultants were struck out.