€600,000 compensation for parents


AN amount of €600,000 in compensation has been awarded by the Ministry of Health in Murcia to the parents of a girl deprived of oxygen at birth.
A monthly payment of €1,000 towards helping pay for care has also been awarded by the Supreme Court which heard the appeal after Murcia Superior Court dismissed the claim.
The child was born at the Hospital Virgen del Castillo in Yecla, Murcia, in 1996 and as a result of the lack of oxygen, suffered severe disabilities.
The Supreme Court acknowledged that she needed the help of third parties for “vital and urgent attention and requires physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy.
It accused the Murcian Court of trying to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that the parents had not shown evidence that correct and proficient monitoring of the baby was carried out during the delivery, but in awarding the compensation, recognised failings were made during the delivery and the infant was not monitored for around 35 to 40 minutes, resulting in oxygen deprivation.

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