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Man left brain damaged at birth awarded £5.7m payout

A man brain damaged at birth due to complications has been awarded a £5.7m payout from health chiefs.

Ian Murphy, 33, from Oxford, was left with severe disabilities when he was born at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Mr Murphy, who is wheelchair dependent, was awarded the sum by a High Court judge earlier. His family said the money would help with his care costs.

A spokesman for South Central Strategic Health Authority issued an apology to Mr Murphy and his family.

Mr Murphy has been cared for by his parents and sister since he was born at the hospital in September 1977.

His mother said: "A claim was not brought earlier because my husband and I were very involved in Ian's everyday care and did not realise that such a claim was possible until we sought advice about suitable accommodation for Ian."

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