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19 July 2010 / personal-injury-news
A girl left disabled after being starved of oxygen at birth has won £4 million from the NHS in compensation as well as an unreserved apology from the NHS Trust following a successful birth injury claim. Holly Nixon, 6, from Kidderminster, was left quadriplegic and suffering from cerebral palsy after her birth in 2003 at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Lawyers for the family argued that Mrs Nixon had needed an emergency caesarean which was not carried out until too late. As a result, Holly was born in a poor condition, the lack of oxygen to her brain subsequently leading to her severe disabilities. The compensation package, comprising a £2 million lump sum along with annual payments to fund Holly’s care, is expected to amount to £4 million in total.
Holly’s father Carl said in a statement about his daughter: "By now, she should be running around with her friends and starting music or dancing classes. "We have been robbed of this and so many other countless opportunities that she should have had in life and it is extremely difficult to come to terms with this, particularly as we now know it's all down to basic mistakes made during her birth."
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