A woman, who was starved of oxygen at birth and has suffered a lifetime of learning difficulties, has had a settlement of compensation for her mismanaged birth approved at London´s Royal Courts of Justice.
Susanne Turner (45) from Wittersham in Kent was born at Buchanan Street Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea after a delayed Caesarean operation due to neither a surgeon nor an anaesthetist being available to perform the procedure. As a result, Susanne was deprived of oxygen in the womb, unable to breathe independently when she was born and suffered severe brain damage.
Susanne´s parents – Christopher and Sandra – raised Susanne without assistance, and unaware that they were entitled to claim compensation for the mismanaged birth, until they read a magazine article which explained Susanne´s rights to compensation.
When they sought legal advice about their situation, Christopher and Sandra discovered that – as Susanne did not have the mental capacity to bring a claim for medical negligence compensation for mismanaged birth herself – they were still within the time frame allowed to sue the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority for the negligent situation which had occurred in 1967.
After reviewing the claim for medical negligence compensation for mismanaged birth, South East Coast Strategic Health Authority quickly admitted their liability for Susanne´s birth injury and, at the Royal Courts of Justice, issued a formal apology for the mismanagement of Susanne´s birth.
Approving the settlement of medical negligence compensation for mismanaged birth, which will take the form of annual payments and a lump sum payment to pay for a specially-adapted home for Susanne, judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies paid tribute to Christopher and Sandra´s “love and devotion”. The medical negligence settlement is estimated to be worth 4.2 million pounds and will provide Susanne with the care she needs for the rest of her life.