Hospital to pay £7m damages to oxygen-starved boy's family

A six-year-old boy who was deprived of oxygen at birth leaving him with cerebral palsy, has been awarded a £7m damages package at the High Court.

Chase Lorck will always need 24-hour nursing care and it is likely he will live for only another 20 years, Mrs Justice Swift was told in London.

Chase was born at King's College Hospital, London, in 2008.

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability in 2010, and approved a settlement on Monday.

Complex care needs

Law firm Irwin Mitchell, representing Chase's family, who live in Dulwich, south London, said expert medical evidence found that midwives, sub-contracted by the hospital, failed to implement a plan agreed with the boy's mother Christine and encouraged a natural birth, despite being advised to have a Caesarean.

The family will receive a lump sum plus annual payments of £300,000 until Chase reaches 18 and then £320,000 a year for the rest of his life.

The compensation will cover his care, accommodation, specialist equipment and therapies.

Lawyer Auriana Griffiths said: "It is a huge relief for Chase's family that the trust has now agreed an adequate and fair settlement to cover his complex care needs."

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