Holly gets damages from hospital

AN 11-year-old girl left disabled because of failures by a Suffolk hospital during her birth has received a compensation package to “secure her future care”.

AN 11-year-old girl left disabled because of failures by a Suffolk hospital during her birth has received a compensation package to “secure her future care”.

Lawyers acting for Holly Goodwyn and Ipswich Hospital reached an agreement on Monday about the compensation the youngster would receive.

Yesterdaya settlement hearing was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The compensation will be paid to Holly annually but the amount awarded cannot be revealed because of a confidentiality order.

Ipswich Hospital had previously admitted clinical negligence in the case of Holly, from Ipswich. It was claimed she was not delivered urgently enough, despite obvious signs of her distress.

The delay left her with brain injuries and at an early age she was diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy. She is severely disabled, requiring a wheelchair, and also suffers from epilepsy.

Holly's lawyer, Sarah Coles, said the family was relieved with the compensation package. “The family are very pleased because it will secure her future care and that is the main aim. It is obviously not going to alter what happened and they are obviously upset by that but it will mean that they have not got to worry about how Holly is cared for in the future.”

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Jan Rowsell, spokeswoman for Ipswich Hospital, said: “The trust is pleased to confirm that an agreement has now being reached with the claimant's advisors and the court in relation to appropriate compensation for the claimant in this case. The trust would like to take this opportunity to wish the claimant and her family well for the future.”