Norfolk

Norfolk hospital brain-damaged at birth girl gets £4m

A 10-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been awarded more than £4m.

Emily Dye, of Easton, near Norwich, has severe cerebral palsy and needs full-time care after being deprived of oxygen, the High Court heard.

A judge agreed a settlement of nearly £2m plus annual payments which could take the total to about £4.5m.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith praised the devoted care shown by Emily's parents.

'Pleased and relieved'

He said he hoped the settlement, awarded against the hospital trust, would make life easier for them all.

The family's solicitor, Tom Cook of legal firm AshtonKCJ, said later that the majority of the money was to compensate for the fact that Emily would be unable to earn her own living and would require others to care for her.

Emily's mother Joanne Dye said: "Every parent whose child suffers a brain injury must have similar concerns - how do we get the best possible treatment to maximise their quality of life and who will look after them if there comes a time when we are no longer able to do so?

"We are pleased and relieved that we can now be sure that there will be sufficient funds to pay for Emily's continuing therapies and care."

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