Mother awarded £2.6m for brain-damaged son

A mother has won an eight-year battle for justice when a British High Court judge approved a £2.6 million pay-out for her severely brain-damaged son.

A mother has won an eight-year battle for justice when a British High Court judge approved a £2.6m pay-out for her severely brain-damaged son.

Alison Thrower brought the action against Leicestershire Health Authority after mistakes over and during the birth of her son, George, in 1992.

During her pregnancy she went to Leicester Royal Infirmary and complained that she could not feel her baby move, but was sent home.

When she was admitted five days later, George was delivered by emergency Caesarean. He did not breathe for eight minutes and was left severely physically and mentally handicapped.

Miss Thrower, 29, argued that action should have been taken when she first went to the hospital. Leicestershire Health Authority admitted liability last year but it has taken just over a year to agree the compensation package, which was approved by a High Court judge sitting in Nottingham.

After the hearing Miss Thrower, from Narborough, Leicester, said: "I am really pleased it is all over. Now I can finally let George live a normal life. It has been terrible over the last eight years but the money will provide proper help that we need."

She said she felt no anger towards the hospital or the staff involved in her care, but pointed out that the family had never received an apology.

High Court judge Stephen Oliver-Jones QC said: "Money can never wholly compensate for the tragedy but when this does occur it is absolutely necessary that the victims are properly compensated and are provided with the care he will now benefit from."

He also praised the care provided by Miss Thrower, who visits her son every day, and her parents, who both work full-time.

Leicestershire Health Authority chief executive Mike Froggatt said in a statement: "While acknowledging that no amount of money can reverse what has happened in the past, it is the authority's hope that it will go some way to easing the pain and burden of George's disabilities."

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