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Alder Hey NHS Trust must pay boy £27m over brain injuries


A boy who suffered "catastrophic brain injuries" when doctors failed to see he had a virus and sent him home after he had a seizure has been awarded £27m.

The boy, who cannot be identified but is now 13, suffered seizures as a toddler more than a decade ago.

Details of the settlement between the boy's father and Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust were published in a written ruling.

High Court judge Mr Justice Fordham said it was a "sensible settlement".

Trust bosses admitted "breach of duty" and "causation of loss and damage", the judge said.

The judgment, from the hearing in Manchester, said the boy had suffered a seizure at 17 months old on 19 September 2009 and was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

He suffered a second seizure in the accident and emergency department which was seen by medical staff. The boy was sent home and, despite going back to hospital, was not diagnosed with a virus until 24 September.

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Source: BBC News, 12 November 2021

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