Girl, 13, starved of oxygen at birth to receive millions

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Alice ... was starved of oxygen during the final hour of her mother's labour after doctors failed to warn her mother that there were risks associated with her second birth.

Diagnosed with spastic quadraplegic cerebral palsy, she has severely delayed mental development as well as learning difficulties and is now reliant on 24 hour care.

Her mother Carolyn had a caesarean section with her first child but doctors ... did not tell her that there was a chance the womb would rupture during a normal delivery.

Lawyers for the Joyce family ... claimed Alice would have been born healthy if delivered by caesarean ...

... Her father ... said: "Although it sounds like a large sum of money it is needed to fund Alice's around the clock care and ensure she gets as much out of life as her disabilities allow.

... A court ruling today is expected to award Alice a lump sum payment of £2,250,000 plus annual payments until she is 16 of £95,000 pounds and £185,000 after that for the rest of her life.

The case was funded through legal aid, without which the family would not have been able to afford legal costs to prove negligence or the experts needed to prove her complex needs.

... Chief nurse and director of patient care standards Sarah Watson-Fisher said: “We would like to express our sincere apologies to Alice and her family for the errors in the care given at the time of her birth ...

“We take matters like this very seriously and are committed to learning from our mistakes. We hope that the settlement will be of great assistance to Alice and we offer her and her family our best wishes for the future.”

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448