A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy who faces a lifetime of disability after being starved of oxygen at birth has won a £740,000 down-payment on compensation from the NHS.
Aiden Oxborrow, from Thetford, was left with acute cerebral palsy after being born at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, in October 2006.
London’s High Court heard on Monday that Aiden will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life as he suffers with severely impaired mobility, sight and cognitive abilities.
West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust has admitted liability for the youngster’s birth injuries.
Mr Justice Tugendhat awarded Aiden’s family a £740,000 interim damages to assist with his care.
Final compensation is expected to run into millions.
The judge agreed that Aiden’s current accommodation in a rented bungalow with his father, Rory, and younger sister was not suitable.
A temporary ramp at the back door is the only means of access and the total floor space measures less than 100sqm.
Mr Justice Tugendhat accepted that the family have an ‘extreme need’ for a larger home and the payout will be spent on finding more suitable accommodation.
A full hearing is expected within the next eight months, where Aiden’s lawyers say he is due more than a £1million for past care, expenses and suffering.
The award comes on top of a previous interim payout of £100,000.
A spokesman for West Suffolk Hospital said: “We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our apologies to Aiden and his family for the issues which arose during his delivery in 2006.
“We confirm the court has made a further payment to Aiden and look forward to the case being fully resolved in the near future.”