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Hospital to pay damages

21st November 2006

A hospital trust has been ordered to pay out £3.9m in compensation to a couple 35 years after their baby suffered brain damage.

Maria and Leo di Giorgi, from Bedfordshire, didn’t discover their son Salvatore had suffered brain damage until he was 13 when he underwent a scan following his first epileptic fit. His parents first went to solicitors in 1992.

The High Court found the injury was caused by care he received at Luton and Dunstable Hospital following intestinal surgery four days after his birth.

The court heard Salvatore did not receive the care he needed on the hospital's paediatric ward and he became progressively more dehydrated.

When his condition became critical he was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Mr Justice Eady gave his approval to the £3.9m on Monday to be paid in settlement of the family's damages claim against Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust.

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Article Information

Title: Hospital to pay damages
Author: Carol burns
Article Id: 1204
Date Added: 21st Nov 2006


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