£3m payout for boy brain damaged at birth

Homerton University Hospital in Homerton Row.

Homerton University Hospital in Homerton Row. - Credit: Archant

A seven-year-old boy who suffered severe brain damage during his Caesarean birth at Homerton Hospital is to receive more than £3 million in damages.

Yiqun Zhang, who lives with his family near Oxford, has needed constant round-the-clock care since he was born at Homerton Hospital in February 2006.

Last year, a judge ruled that his injury, which has led to cerebral palsy, was caused by a doctor attempting to free the child’s head which had become deeply impacted in his mother’s pelvis.

Mr Justice Hickinbottom said he was satisfied that the manoeuvres used were “inappropriate, dangerous, negligent and hence in breach of duty”.

Lawyers for the boy and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have now agreed a settlement involving a lump sum of just over £3 million plus periodic payments rising to £225,000 a year.

The compensation package, which was approved at London’s High Court on Tuesday by Judge Patrick Moloney, will pay for care, housing, therapies and equipment for the rest of Yiqun’s life.

Alison Appelboam Meadows, of Penningtons Solicitors LLP, said later that no amount of money could ever give Yiqun the life he would have had if he had not suffered such serious injuries but now he would be able to maximise his potential.