This morning our client ‘Lisa’ was featured on Radio Kent. Her claim for damages has just been settled for over £2,000,000. When pregnant with her third child, those treating Lisa, at the QEQM Hospital, Margate, Kent, failed to property heed appearances on her ante-natal scans which were indicative of disability and should have been investigated. Her son, Reece, was born with profound disabilities subsequently.
Speaking to Sharon Terry, of BBC Radio Kent, Lisa explained what went wrong with her care and how, as an experienced mum, she knew that something was wrong with Reece from within an hour of his birth. Ultimately, however, she had to get the community midwife to intervene so as to get Reece properly looked at, following which he was admitted to the special care baby unit.
Subsequently, investigations showed him to be suffering with Perisylvian Polymicrogyria, a congenital neurological condition, which develops in utero, and results in malformations to the brain.
Reece has severe disabilities.
Lisa explained how he is blind, epileptic, has no body control, has to be fed by a tube as he cannot swallow and is incontinent. She told Sharon that all he can do for himself is breath and sometimes he needs help with that.
Lisa explained that he is, however, happy and content. The family have learned how to manage his needs.
It has been a long journey, she said, to recover this compensation for him.
Nick Fairweather, who represented Lisa, also appeared on an earlier programme on Radio Kent this morning, concerning her case, and compensation pay-outs in the NHS generally.
What people often fail to understand is that the level of needs that someone like Reece has. The whole family provide him with fantastic care and no amount of money can make him better. The compensation will, however, pay for the professional care that he needs, 24/7, for a suitability house, for equipment and all his other reasonable needs.
To listen to Lisa’s interview please click below.