The NHS has been ordered to hand a record payout of almost £20 million after a patient was starved of oxygen as a baby.
The patient, now 18, is set to receive £19, 744, 265 in clinical negligence compensation after she was left with severe lifelong disabilities.
The woman was treated in hospital at the age of five months for reflux, but was deprived of oxygen for half an hour.
An otherwise healthy baby, she was left with serious brain injuries that have severely limited her abilities into adulthood.
The record payout, to be paid by Cardiff and Vale University health board in Wales, reflects the need for costs of around-the-clock care for the rest of her life.
The mother of the patient said: “I had my daughter snatched away from me. From that moment she changed forever. She is mobile but doesn’t really know what is going on. I went from having a healthy baby to a seriously disabled child through no fault of our own.”
Yvonne Agnew, the head of clinical negligence at Slater and Gordon solicitors in Cardiff, which represented the woman, added: “This is a tragic case of a little girl, with her whole life ahead of her, having her future snatched away from her through no fault of her own.
“We have had to fight for years to get justice for our client and to get the trust to admit their failings.”
Commenting on the judgment, Peter Walsh, the chief executive of the patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents, said: “Whilst the money involved here is eye-watering, the human cost to this little girl and her family is immeasurable.
“It is a great shame that the NHS was not prepared to admit its mistakes earlier, as this would have spared a little of the pain and would also have saved the NHS a lot of money that has been wasted on trying to fight the claim.”