�5m payout after Redbridge hospital trust botches baby’s care

NHS bosses are to pay a multi-million pound compensation settlement to a little girl left with serious injuries by a hospital’s mismanagement of her care.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust made a “full and unreserved apology” to the girl, aged under 10, who will receive a �5million lump sum as well as annual payments of between �50,000 and �100,000 to cover the costs of her care for the rest of her life.

The schoolgirl, who is from the Colchester area but whose identity is protected by a court order, was left with catastrophic disabilities due to NHS negligence during the treatment of a virulent infection when she was only a baby.

Approving the massive payout today, a High Court judge in London said the girl’s battle to live a normal life represented “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity”.

Matthias Kelly told the court the NHS trust admitted liability at an early stage.

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He said that, despite her disabilities, the youngster is an “independent and determined little girl” who, with help from carers, is working hard at school and will live a long life.

Mr Kelly told the court the settlement will compensate the girl for her pain and suffering, and cover the huge costs of the care she has already received and her continued support in the future.

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He said the �5million lump sum would be managed for the girl by a trust, while the index-linked and tax free annual payments – which will rise incrementally to �100,000 per annum from 2029 – will give her parents peace of mind for the future.

The NHS will also have to pay the girl’s �150,000 legal bill.

The girl’s father was in court for the hearing.

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