Multi-million pound settlement due for teenager with cerebral palsy

A Crawley teenager, who has severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy following a brain injury at birth, has won a substantial payout from the NHS, due to the errors that took place during her delivery.

Sixteen-year-old Becky Tyler was born with her umbilical cord wrapped three times around her neck. Starved of oxygen, she required resuscitation, something Becky’s mom, Fiona, claimed the healthcare professionals were unprepared for.

Speaking to the Victoria Derbyshire programme, Ms Tyler said: “When Becky was born, she was nearly stillborn; everyone in the room went into a bit of shock. No-one seemed prepared, not the midwives or seemingly anyone in that room. They were working on her for half an hour before she went to the intensive care unit.”

The incident occurred at the East Surrey Hospital in 2002, and Becky remained in there for two weeks prior to being discharged with a clean bill of health. The hospital told the new parents that there would be no lasting damage to their daughter.

However, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy seven months later, leaving her family devastated.

The hunt for justice began after they discovered there were mistakes made that contributed to Becky being starved of oxygen.

Speaking about her cerebral palsy, Becky said: “I feel angry about what happened to my brain and that it could have been avoided. I can’t sit up on my own. I can’t stand up, balance or walk. I find it hard to eat and I cannot talk with my mouth so I am using this communication aid with my eyes.

“I have to rely on my family and personal assistants to help with everyday tasks.”

The Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust acknowledged that mistakes were made and said that it was “saddened and sorry” about the conditions of Becky’s birth.

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