Child may get millions in compensation

A FAMILY who live with their nightmare of their daughter's birth every day are today one step closer to getting a multimillion pound payout after a Suffolk Hospital admitted failing to provide adequate care.

By REBECCA LEFORT

Rebecca.lefort@eveningstar.co.uk>

A FAMILY who live with their nightmare of their daughter's birth every day are today one step closer to getting a multi-million pound payout after a Suffolk Hospital admitted failing to provide adequate care.

Ipswich hospital has accepted it was negligent during the birth of Holly Goodwyn who suffered severe brain injuries as a result of her birth in January 1997 and was diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy at an early age.

It admitted it should have delivered Holly sooner than it did, especially as there was evidence she was in foetal distress.

Her parents, Lynne and Jasper, will now continue their legal battle to decide the amount of compensation paid to nine-year-old Holly, who will need 24-hour care for the rest of her life.

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And according to their lawyer, Sarah Coles, previous cases indicate the figure may reach several million pounds with 24-hour care needed costing around £80,000 a year.

Holly's mother said: “While we were reluctant to take legal action in this matter, we felt that the extent of the help Holly requires would not be available otherwise.

“We also hoped that lessons would be learned from Holly's birth and that the hospital would look at its practices so that the same errors would not be allowed to happen again.

“If we can prevent another family being affected like ours then at least something positive would have come from Holly's plight.”

Holly has been able to attend mainstream school but three years ago her link with her friends was lost after a computer was stolen from Sidegate Primary School.

After publicity in The Evening Star, readers donated money to buy a replacement computer which meant Holly was once again able to play a full part in school life.

And Miss Coles added: “Holly is a fun-loving child with a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh.

“All she really wants to do is to be able to join in with her friends and family.”

She added: “Holly's parents live with the nightmare of her birth on a daily basis.

“The future they had hoped for her will never be realised.”

A spokeswoman for Ipswich Hospital said: “We recognise this is a tragic case. The case is with solicitors and we will comment in full once it is concluded.”

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