The case was heard in the High Court, by Mr Justice Freedman, where details about the case revealed that the boy had been a reluctant feeder and had suffered brain damage after a catastrophic fall in his blood sugar levels. The medics had failed to recognise his lethargy and floppiness as signs of hypoglycemia.
The boy is now in his teens and is entirely dependent on 24-hour care after developing cerebral palsy as a result of the delay in diagnosis of the hypoglycemia.
He also suffers from global and severe development delay and drug-resistant epilepsy which can strike at any time during the day or night.
He has profound and multiple learning difficulties due him not being able to communicate verbally or otherwise and his vision is severely impaired.
Due to his condition and diagnosis some experts have estimated that his life expectancy may only be to the age of 30, although everyone involved hopes this to be over-pessimistic.
The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust admitted liability for the injuries caused by the medical negligence and agreed to settle with the claimant.
The Court awarded a significant sum due to the severity of the injuries of the claimant. A lump sum of £2.7 million and an index linked, tax-free annual payment to cover the costs for the rest of his life, starting at £176,500 in December 2021 and rising to £254,500 a year from 2033.
The award will help to pay for the provision of therapeutic support, care and assistance delivered by a skilled team of therapists and carers together with a fully adapted property and assistive technology to assist with his communication and interaction with the world.
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