Colchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has admitted to failings and agreed to pay injury compensation to the family of a girl who was left with serious brain damage after her birth.
The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was born in an ambulance as her mother was being transferred from Clacton Hospital’s maternity unit to Colchester General Hospital, the Ipswich Evening Star reports.
Lawyers acting on behalf of the family say that the mother had arrived at the maternity unit in the early stages of labour but after complications, her baby’s heart rate fell to a point that required medical attention.
After being born in the ambulance, the baby had to be resuscitated and sustained severe brain damage.
It follows news that a Pontefract man has been awarded one of the highest injury compensation payouts in UK history after he sustained brain and spinal injuries in a car crash.