A BABY who suffered traumatic brain injuries when he failed to feed properly after birth has been awarded substantial damages by Northwick Park Hospital.
Lawyers for Niraj Grewal, of Stanmore, claim blunders at the hospital in Watford Road were responsible for what happened to the infant, who is now seven. The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, made no admission of liability, but agreed at the High Court last week to pay a 'significant amount of compensation'.
Although the amount remains confidential, it is bound to be a substantial sum, given that the boy will require care and supervision for the rest of his life and will be unable to live independently.
Millions of pounds have been awarded in similar cases.
Approving the confidential settlement, Mr Justice Tugendhat described the case as a 'tragedy' and 'very sad', but praised Niraj's parents for the care they have given him since his birth.
Speaking outside court, Niraj's lawyer, Jane Weakley, said in the days after his birth he didn't take to breast-feeding but, despite complaints from his mother, midwives at the hospital said there would not be a problem.
She said: "This situation was entirely preventable had the correct care and advice in relation to feeding been administered in the days after his birth.
"Suffering from learning difficulties and epilepsy brought about by the failings of the NHS trust, Niraj will be unable to live independently, and will require supervision throughout his life.
"He is unlikely to ever achieve gainful employment, or enjoy many of the other opportunities that a life without the requirement of constant care would have afforded him."