Gemma Crabbe, now aged 23, was not handled correctly at her birth in a maternity hospital, according to a recent high court ruling.
Gemma, born in 1989 at Colchester maternity hospital, weighed in at less than four kilos. As a result of the way she was handled, she was inflicted with speech and mobility problems.
The lawyers for the family argued that Amanda, Miss Crabbe’s mother, had been given an overdose of a drug used to control elevated blood pressure while she was pregnant and this drug harmed the baby while she was still in the womb.
It was revealed that drugs had also been utilised to induce labour at the hospital, so Gemma was delivered far too fast. This only worsened the health problems that were a result of her birth.
The lump sum that Miss Crabbe will be in receipt of is index-linked and will not be taxed nor will the yearly amount that she will receive so that her care costs are covered for the remainder of her life.
It was revealed to the High Court that Miss Crabbe will never have the chance to be completely independent.
Despite her disability, however, she does participate in the community around her, even though she often has problems carrying out daily activities that others have no difficulty with.
Richard Mumford, who was counsel for the trust, commented that Gemma’s prospects were something that no one would ever want, but the family has had to cope with it.
Mr Justice Macduff commended Gemma’s parents on how well they had handled the difficult situation.
Midlands & East NHS was happy that a settlement had been reached and wished the family the best for the future.