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10 May 2016

Boy left brain damaged to receive multimillion pound compensation

A seven-year-old boy who suffered severe brain damage at birth is to receive a multimillion-pound compensation package.

Thomas Hord was deprived of oxygen for 20 minutes before he was born by Caesarian at East Surrey Hospital in March 2009. His family's lawyers claimed that he should have been delivered earlier and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust admitted liability in 2011.

Thomas has severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

Thomas, who lives with his parents Chris and Samantha and his sisters in Crawley, West Sussex, has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy and no speech. But he has relatively preserved cognitive ability and is settled in primary school, said Mr Justice Warby at London's High Court on Tuesday.

£2.5 million settlement

The judge approved an agreed settlement involving a lump sum of £2.5 million plus annual payments starting at £100,000 a year and rising to £245,000. He echoed the good wishes of the Trust's counsel, Margaret Bowron QC, who praised the extraordinary care given by Mr and Mrs Hord and Thomas's own fortitude.

She said:

"He has obviously had enormous hurdles to overcome in his short life and has done so with tremendous enthusiasm and resolve."

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