Obstetrics / Birth injury to the fetus
Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy
Acute or subacute evidence of brain injury due to birth asphyxia, primarily caused by systemic hypoxemia and/or reduced cerebral blood flow.
When John was born in 1994, he was in poor condition, with no heart beat or other signs of life. Although he was resucitated and survived, he never fully recovered. All the signs arising from postnatal treatment indicated birth asphyxia. As he grew up, John continued to have problems, including cerebral palsy, severe learning difficulties, an intermittent squint, asthma, eczema and seizures. He also suffers from constipation and insomnia on a regular basis. He still wears nappies day and night, and is unable to change himself. PMS Expert Report concluded that John's injuries were the result of negligent maternity care; if the hospital staff had acted reasonably, fetal distress would have been identified on monitoring of the fetal heart rate and he would have been delivered earlier in better condition. As a result, the case settled for a substantial sum.
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