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Payout for Nottingham brain damage teenager

A Nottingham teenager left brain damaged and paralysed after a series of medical errors has won a multi-million pound payout.

Rebecca Gransbury, now 19, fell ill with a bacterial infection linked to chickenpox when she was a baby.

The High Court was told of failings by her local GP and staff at the city's Queen's Medical Centre.

Dr Peter Rose and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust each accepted 50% liability for the injuries.

According to court documents, Rebecca's parents took her to see Dr Rose, who 14 years ago practised in Mansfield Road, Blidworth.

The family said he should have arranged for her immediate admission to hospital, but she was instead sent home, where she later went into convulsions and suffered a hypoglycaemic fit which caused permanent brain damage.

After being taken to Queen's Medical Centre, lawyers argued that the hospital's paediatric staff failed to adequately diagnose or treat an infection which led to septicaemia and permanent damage to her spinal cord.

Through her mother, Rebecca, from Sycamore Close in Rainworth, launched legal action.

The family's counsel, Simon Taylor QC, said the GP and the trust had agreed to settle her case after prolonged negotiations outside court.

Although the amount is being kept confidential, the court heard Rebecca will receive a substantial lump sum, along with annual, tax-free payments to cover the costs of the care she will need for the rest of her life.

Both Dr Rose and the trust expressed their apologies and sympathy for Rebecca and her family in court.

Approving the settlement, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies said: "No-one reading the reports in this case could fail to be struck and indeed moved by all Rebecca's parents have done for her.

"It is clearly a reflection of the care, love and support they have given to her that, today, she is doing well at school and going to college in September, which is wonderful.

"I know that nothing I say, and no award, can adequately compensate Rebecca for the injuries she suffered 14 years ago, but we all hope these monies will give her and her family a better quality of life."

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