When Baby Thomas was born 10 weeks early, there was naturally concern about his well being, but in accordance with responsible practice he was put into an incubator and transferred to the specialist baby care unit of Greenwich Hospital.
Tragically, he later developed severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, sustained as a result of periventricular leukomalacia – also referred to as PVL – which is essentially the death of vital brain tissue.
When the situation was investigated it was found that in accordance with procedure, Thomas’s blood gases were analysed around midnight on the day of his birth. The results showed that Thomas was at risk of developing hypocarbia, however instead of accepting those results, the registrar decided that there was a mechanical failure within the ventilator, and so did not change the settings on the machine. The result of this was that Thomas was exposed to excessive amounts of oxygen and not enough carbon dioxide for a period of around 9 hours. Thomas was left with severe brain damage and is unlikely to be able to lead a normal life.
While the hospital initially dismissed claims that it was guilty of failings, they ultimately settled four days before the case was due to go to court. They paid £2.25 million in addition to an indemnity against any private education costs limited to £120,000.
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