Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Birth-Error Victim Wins Pounds 2.5m Damages

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Birth-Error Victim Wins Pounds 2.5m Damages

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The family of an eight-year-old girl left brain-damaged at birth because of medical error has been awarded pounds 2.5m in damages, in an out-of-court settlement.

May Yan has cerebral palsy, because she was starved of oxygen due to a failure to pick up on foetal distress during her delivery at Sunderland Maternity Hospital.

She has been left severely and permanently disabled, with no independent mobility, unable to speak and will need full-time care for the rest of her life.

Despite her profound disability, she is a "very happy and contented" child, the High Court in Newcastle heard.

May is cared for by her devoted parents, Hui Jiang and Zegui Yan. The family is now settled in the United States (in Georgia, Atlanta) and were not present at yesterday's hearing.

The couple, who come from the north-east of China, were both post-graduate students at Sunderland University at the time of their daughter's birth, in May 1994.

Damages were awarded against the City of Sunderland NHS Trust, which admitted liability some time ago. …

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