The family of a wheelchair-bound, brain-damaged boy has successfully claimed injury compensation from a hospital amounting to millions of pounds.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to pay up to £6.5 million after admitting to a “lapse in standards” dating back to care the boy’s mother received at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, when she was pregnant.
The award breaks down to a lump sum of £2.75 million plus funding the cost of his round-the-clock care for the remainder of his life.
Caroline Lyster was treated with steroids and antibiotics for a virus at the Grimsby hospital while heavily pregnant before being discharged before a pathology study was produced.
Hospital infection caused brain damage
Ms Lyster’s legal team claims that further treatment would have killed the infection.
But it was too late as when she was re-admitted four days later, the bug had been already transmitted to her unborn child. Tests then revealed that this virus was in fact e-coli.
She gave birth to Cody Lyster-Hughes seven weeks early in 2005. The boy, who is now nine years old, has restricted speech and cerebral palsy.
Carl Hughes, his father, has spoken of his relief at the case ending, but adds that no award can change the devastation that has hit his child’s life.
He says, however, that the payout will give Cody the chance of carrying out as satisfying a life as he can.
The Trust has also issued a complete apology to the family.
Wendy Booth, of the Trust, says it regrets its lapse over standards and wishes the family well in future.
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