Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust agrees pay-out for father after death of child left brain damaged at birth (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust agrees pay-out for father after death of child left brain damaged at birth
7:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
THE Urmston father of a baby who died after being starved of oxygen, when midwives failed to notice he had been born under bed sheets, has won a four year battle for justice.
Maninder Singh was born on October 23, 2008 at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester following a harrowing labour during which mum Geeta, who suffered from diabetes, was given an epidural – leaving her unable to feel anything from the waist down.
Now Maninder’s father, Kamaljeet Singh, says he is finally looking to start rebuilding his life after Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust agreed an undisclosed out of court settlement.
Earlier this year, the health trust apologised to the family and admitted that medical staff had failed in their duty of care to Maninder, who suffered a catastrophic brain injury, and Geeta.
At an inquest into Maninder’s death earlier this year Manchester Coroner Mr Meadow’s recorded a narrative verdict, in which he listed a number of failures to effectively monitor and respond to both the needs of the mother, and the baby.
Maninder remained in the intensive care unit until he died on May 4, 2009.
Maninder's mother Geeta died in 2010 from complications following the birth of the couple's second child.
Following news of the settlement, Kamaljeet spoke of his relief that finally someone had been held to account for his son’s death. He said: “This has been an extremely difficult four years for my family. We lost a much loved son under horrific circumstances.
“We have fought so hard and we waited so long to receive an apology and an admission that more could have been done to save him.
“No amount of money in the world could ever replace what we have lost but we are now finally in position to move forward with our lives. We feel that in some small way justice has been done.”
Sharon Williams, a medical law and patients’ rights expert from Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office: “Mr Singh and his family have fought tirelessly in the memory of a much loved little boy who died under horrific circumstances as a result of medical failings and, today, justice has been done - but this is a bittersweet victory.
“No apology and no amount of money will ever replace what they have lost and they only hope that lessons have been learnt and future such tragedies prevented as they look to move forward with their lives.”
In a letter to Mr Singh Mike Deegan, the chief executive of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs St Mary’s, wrote “I would like to sincerely apologise to you for the failure to adequately monitor Maninder’s heart during labour and to express our profound regret for Maninder’s death.”
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