The family of five-year-old boy left severely brain damaged at birth are to receive an estimated £4 million in compensation.
Action was taken against the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust after the boy was starved of oxygen while being born at Ulster Hospital, Northern Ireland, in 2007.
It was accepted the delivery should have taken place sooner than it did. The boy, who cannot be named, suffered hypoxia and has been left with severe cerebral palsy.
The Trust admitted liability in September last year but issues about the cost of care and the extent of the injury remained unresolved, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
The case was due to be heard at the High Court in Belfast to decide the level of damages.
But a compensation package which ensures that all necessary care, aid and equipment required for the child’s future needs has now been agreed between the parties.
The exact details, which were approved by Mr Justice Gillen, remain undisclosed.
However, lawyers involved in the case confirmed that the settlement was in the region of £4 million.
It includes a lump sum and yearly payments for the cost of providing future care.
The family’s solicitor Ernie Telford, senior partner with McCartan Turkington Breen, said they were relieved the court proceedings have now concluded.
Mr Telford added: “For the boy’s family this has been an emotional journey in which their lives have been turned upside down but that hopefully, with the outcome approved by the court, they can move forward and focus solely on providing their child with the best possible care.”
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