Boy left brain damaged wins £5.8 million pay out

Daily Echo: Perry Evans Perry Evans

A Hampshire boy left brain damaged after a bowel condition was not properly treated is to receive compensation worth £5.8 million.

Because of the failure to recognise Perry Evans's problem at Southampton General Hospital, weeks after his birth in 2002, his gut ruptured and he now has severe cerebral palsy and learning difficulties.

He has to be fed by tube and has a very limited vocabulary. Registered blind, he can sit and stand with assistance but cannot walk or manipulate objects with his hands.

His counsel, Dr Simon Taylor QC, told Judge Mitchell at London's High Court today that, despite his problems, 10-year-old Perry was a very chirpy boy.

He is totally dependent on his family at home in Portsmouth and their care has resulted in him making considerable progress, particularly in communication.

The judge approved the award against Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust - which apologised for the inadequacies in Perry's care - and wished the family well.

The settlement means Perry will receive a £2.15 million lump sum to buy suitable accommodation plus annual payments rising to £240,000.

Solicitor Sue Jarvis of Blake Lapthorn said: ''I am pleased that the money will mean his family will be able to secure the professional assistance that Perry will need for the rest of his life.''

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3:09pm Thu 25 Oct 12

soton_resident says...

"Boy left brain damaged wins £5.8 million pay out". Wins!!!! It sounds as if he's won the National Lottery.

I'm sure the parents of this poor lad would happily give back their 'winnings' to have a normal healthy son. The money is far from a win, it is compensation to cover the cost of caring for a severely disabled 10 year old for the rest of his life.
"Boy left brain damaged wins £5.8 million pay out". Wins!!!! It sounds as if he's won the National Lottery. I'm sure the parents of this poor lad would happily give back their 'winnings' to have a normal healthy son. The money is far from a win, it is compensation to cover the cost of caring for a severely disabled 10 year old for the rest of his life. soton_resident

8:59pm Thu 25 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

Tragic for the poor lad. Hopefully the payout will make his future life a little easier than it would be otherwise, the security to pay for good quality care, allows his family some respite so that they can have an ocassional break, and so on.

I also feel for the medics involved. I'm sure that many of them agonised over the mistakes that (presumably, given the judgement) they made. Mistakes happen in all walks of life unfortunately, it's just that in things like healthcare the consequences can be much more serious than other professions.
Tragic for the poor lad. Hopefully the payout will make his future life a little easier than it would be otherwise, the security to pay for good quality care, allows his family some respite so that they can have an ocassional break, and so on. I also feel for the medics involved. I'm sure that many of them agonised over the mistakes that (presumably, given the judgement) they made. Mistakes happen in all walks of life unfortunately, it's just that in things like healthcare the consequences can be much more serious than other professions. cantthinkofone

9:52pm Thu 25 Oct 12

MegGriffin says...

soton_resident wrote:
"Boy left brain damaged wins £5.8 million pay out". Wins!!!! It sounds as if he's won the National Lottery.

I'm sure the parents of this poor lad would happily give back their 'winnings' to have a normal healthy son. The money is far from a win, it is compensation to cover the cost of caring for a severely disabled 10 year old for the rest of his life.
I agree. The word 'receives' would have been far more appropriate.
[quote][p][bold]soton_resident[/bold] wrote: "Boy left brain damaged wins £5.8 million pay out". Wins!!!! It sounds as if he's won the National Lottery. I'm sure the parents of this poor lad would happily give back their 'winnings' to have a normal healthy son. The money is far from a win, it is compensation to cover the cost of caring for a severely disabled 10 year old for the rest of his life.[/p][/quote]I agree. The word 'receives' would have been far more appropriate. MegGriffin

10:54pm Thu 25 Oct 12

amberevans89 says...

Thank you for your kind words, I agree wins is not maybe a good phrase to use.
But it will see my baby through the rest of his precious life.x
Thank you for your kind words, I agree wins is not maybe a good phrase to use. But it will see my baby through the rest of his precious life.x amberevans89

11:28pm Thu 25 Oct 12

sparkster says...

No amount of money can compensate for the health of a child although it will help for adaptions to the house etc, i agree wins is not the best phrase to use, My heart goes out to Perry and his family
No amount of money can compensate for the health of a child although it will help for adaptions to the house etc, i agree wins is not the best phrase to use, My heart goes out to Perry and his family sparkster

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