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£4m award to boy

31st October 2006

An NHS trust is to pay more than £4 million in damages to a boy who was deprived of oxygen at birth.

Seven-year-old Joshua Hillard was irreversibly brain damaged when he was deprived of oxygen just before his delivery at Mayday Hospital, Croydon, in June 1999.

His family’s solicitor’s said the birth was delayed due to ‘carelessness and poor quality care’.

Born with cerebral palsy, Joshua cannot sit, stand or walk and has no expressive language except for basic sounds which only his parents, Raymond and Sheila, can understand.

The lump sum award in excess of £4 million against Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust, which admitted liability, will be used to provide good quality commercial care for Joshua at home.

The trust offered its ‘profound apologies’ to the family and paid tribute to the determination of his parents.

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Article Information

Title: £4m award to boy
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 1020
Date Added: 31st Oct 2006

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