Hospital offers 'sincere apologies' to boy left severely disabled after birth (From Watford Observer)
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Watford General Hospital offers 'sincere apologies' to Mattia Dessi left severely disabled after birth
Watford General Hospital has admitted the standard of care received by a boy who was born with severe cerebral palsy following a problematic birth was "clearly not to the level it should have been".
Mattia Dessi has severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy caused by problems encountered during his birth in 2004. He is blind, epileptic and cannot walk, speak or sit independently.
The nine-year-old was delivered by emergency Caesarean section seven hours into his labour and did not take his first breath until five minutes after he was born The Dessi family accused medical staff of not acting quickly enough when it became clear that Mattia was in distress in the womb. They claim the delay starving his brain of oxygen, and resulted in his severe disabilities.
A High Court Judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand approved compensation of a lump sum of £1.6million on Wednesday, and annual payments of £156,000 a year until Mattia is 19.
He will then be paid £206,000 each year for the rest of his life, based on his estimated life expectancy.
Jackie Ardley, chief nurse said: "The standard of care that Mattia Dessi received from us in 2004 was clearly not to the level it should have been.
"I would like to offer my sincere apologies on behalf of the Trust to Mattia and his family.
"We are pleased that this case has been settled and hope that it will enable Mattia’s lifetime needs to be properly met."
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