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Doncaster NHS pay out £2.45m for cerebral palsy boy

A boy whose brain was starved of oxygen during his birth has won a multi-million pound payout from an NHS trust.

The High Court heard Darryl Munashe Kupahurasa, who was born at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in 2007, suffers from cerebral palsy after his mother was wrongly given the drug Syntocrin.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust admitted liability and said they were "deeply sorry" for what happened.

Munashe was awarded £2.45m plus annual payments to cover the cost of his care.

While in labour his mother, Portia Kupahurasa, was given a drip containing Syntocrin, a drug used to induce and aid labour, but it was not needed.

The court heard that led to her contractions becoming too strong, decreasing the amount of oxygen to the baby.

'Enormous impact'

Lawyers working on behalf of the Kupahurasa family said the six-year-old boy, from Rossington, Doncaster, would never be able to walk or talk and suffers from "ongoing severe cognitive and learning difficulties".

Simon Taylor QC told the High Court the £2.45m would be spent mainly "on accommodation, transport and other equipment", and that care would be paid for using annual payments, which will rise gradually and reach £192,000 a year after Munashe leaves school.

A spokesperson at the NHS trust said: "We are deeply sorry for what happened and for the enormous impact it has had on the life of Munashe and on every member of the family.

"We are pleased that the court has approved the terms agreed between the parties to compensate Munashe and his family for the brain injury he suffered at birth."

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