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Girl, 7, wins multi-million payout over devastating brain damage

Bilston child  left unable to see or speak and needing to be fed by a tube after suffering heart attack at Walsall Manor Hospital

Walsall Manor Hospital

A girl of seven has won a multi-million pound NHS payout after she suffered catastrophic brain damage at a Midland hospital.

Davina Parmar, from Bilston, was left unable to see or speak and needing to be fed by a tube after she suffered a heart attack within two days of her birth at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Health bosses admitted liability in the case last year and Davina’s parents Sunita and Lal Parmer were awarded the huge settlement at the High Court on Monday.

Davina’s barrister, Fiona Neale QC, said the child, now aged seven, had been born underweight and with an undiagnosed genetic disorder in June 2006.

“She is a very, very disabled little girl,” she told the judge, Mr Justice Royce.

“She has severe learning difficulties. She can communicate only at the most basic level by facial expression and basic sounds. She is wholly dependent on outside care.”

At the High Court in London, Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust barrister, Adrian Hopkins QC, expressed “regret” for the admitted breach of duty in monitoring Davina during her first days.

The Trust had previously accepted it had breached its duty in connection with the monitoring of Davina’s blood-glucose levels.

Although the details of the settlement were kept confidential, it included a substantial lump sum and annual tax-free payments.

Approving the deal, Mr Justice Royce said the settlement was in Davina’s best interests.

“May I pay my own tribute to Mr and Mrs Parmar,” he continued. "Their love and devotion to their daughter shines out.

“It is a great testimony to them that she is able to enjoy some happiness. They, likewise, are able to enjoy the happiness of having her alive.”

The court heard the couple have since had a second child, who has not inherited the disorder.

Amir Khan, medical director at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Investigations into Davina’s legal claim led to a compromise being reached.

“The court approved a settlement of Davina’s claim. It is intended that the agreed compensation will provide Davina with security for the future. We offer our best wishes to Davina and her family.”

 
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