Disabled girl wins payout over Norwich hospital birth


A girl who suffered oxygen starvation during her birth at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has won the right to millions in compensation from the NHS.

Georgina Archer, 17, of Norwich, has mild tetraplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and mobility and communication problems, the High Court heard.

Her lawyers argued there was a failure to arrange a Caesarean in time to save her from permanent brain damage.

The East of England Strategic Health Authority agreed to a payout.

It disputed responsibility but agreed to compensation on the basis of 95% liability.

The final amount has yet to be assessed but her lawyers said she should now be due between £4m and £5m in compensation for her "pain and suffering", lost earnings and to cover the cost of a lifetime of care needs.

'Anxiety of trial'

The case came before Mrs Justice Sharp, who gave her approval to the settlement on the issue of liability.

The 5% deduction was agreed to reflect the inherent risks involved in a contested trial.

The health authority's QC, Margaret Bowron, told the judge her clients were "delighted" the claim had been settled "without the need for a trial on liability", which would have taken place next month.

"It would have been a source of great anxiety for Mr and Mrs Archer," she observed.

Both parents had given "unstinting care" to their daughter over the years, said Miss Bowron, who added that the whole family is "blessed" by Georgina.

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