£6.4 Million Payout For Child Severely Disabled At Birth

24/03/2011 15:28 | Updated 22 May 2015

£6.4 million payout for disabled childA little boy who was left quadriplegic after suffering injuries at birth has been awarded £6.4 million.

Theo Kramer, who is now eight, was born in 2002 at a birthing centre in Edgware, Middlesex, which was owned by the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust.

His mum had been under the care of a student nurse who did not notice the baby's heartbeat had fallen to a dangerously low level. Instead of being delivered immediately, the labour was allowed to continue, leading to Theo's brain being starved of oxygen.

It also emerged that his mum, Janet Evans, who was 38 at the time, should have not been sent to the birthing centre as its policy was not to accept first-time mothers over 35.

Ms Evans and her partner Earnie Kramer took legal action against the NHS trust in order to pay for Theo's long-term care. The youngster is unable to walk or talk and has severe learning difficulties.

This week, the High Court approved a £6.4 million settlement consisting of a lump sum and annual, index-linked payouts.

Theo's mum and dad spoke of their love and devotion to their son, saying he was 'personable' and 'a bit of a heart-breaker'.

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