A six year old boy, whose heart stopped beating shortly before he was born, has had a 4.6 million pounds birth confused heartbeat compensation package approved in the High Court.
Shane Barrett (6), was born in June 2004. Just prior to his birth his heart stopped beating, but midwives allegedly failed to notice his condition after they confused his irregular heartbeat with that of his mother, Rachel.
Due to this, Shane suffered from a lack of oxygen and sustained cerebral palsy at his birth. His brain damaged condition means that he is dependent on a wheelchair for mobility, and has severe learning difficulties.
At the High Court Mr Justice Eady heard that the birth confused heart compensation settlement had been agreed between Shane´s legal representatives and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Trust without admission of liability, and was before him solely for his approval.
After hearing that the birth confused heartbeat compensation was to be paid out over the course of Shane´s life to ensure permanent care, the judge said “Shane has been very fortunate in relation to the devoted care he has been receiving from his parents over the past six years”.