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Hospital pays out £4m to family after medical negligence claim

October 11 2013

The family of an eight-year-old girl who was starved of oxygen at birth resulting in severe disability has been awarded nearly £4m in compensation.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust accepted there was medical negligence in failing to deliver Hollie McDowall earlier, resulting in brain injury.

Hollie, from Nuneaton, is now unable to walk, has limited vision and unable to communicate.

The compensation figure of £3,990,825 awarded at the High Court in Coventry, will fund the care needed for the rest of Hollie’s life.

Mum Maryellen, who launched a legal fight when Hollie was six months old, told the Coventry Telegraph the payout had brought peace of mind.

She said: “It’s good to know Hollie will always be cared for whatever happens to me or my partner in future, to know she will always have everything she needs.

“I’m just glad it’s all over now.

“It’s been going on for such a long time – I never thought this day would come.”

Ally Taft from Leamington-based solicitors Alcester Kelley said the hospital admitted it was negligent in failing to deliver Hollie earlier and accepted there would have been no injury had it done so.

Meghana Pandit, the trust’s chief medical officer, said: “No amount of money can ever compensate for distress and suffering but I trust the family will take comfort knowing the financial settlement will go some way towards helping Hollie.”

Mrs Pandit added how changes had been made including the use of a labour management plan; women admitted to the labour ward with a complicated pregnancy are reviewed by an obstetrician; more training and a second checks procedure.