A Sheffield boy who was left brain damaged after he was born three months prematurely has won a massive NHS compensation package.
Bradley Kendall, aged 14, faces a life partially dependant on the care of others after sustaining permanent brain injury during his birth at the Jessop maternity unit in Sheffield.
Bradley suffers with mild spastic diplegia and impairment in cognitive function which will affect him for the rest of his life.
His parents, William and Joanne, formerly of Stannington, but now living in Cornwall, blamed medics for his injuries and sued, before today accepting a multi-million pound settlement at the High Court in London.
The confidential payout will be in the form of a lump sum and annual, index-linked and tax-free payments which will be used to pay the enormous costs of the care he will need for life. He is expected to live to a ripe old age.
In a hearing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust barrister Benjamin Browne QC said the compensation would ensure Bradley is properly looked after.
“This settlement accurately reflects the strength of the parties’ case, but will undoubtedly produce proper provision for Bradley in the long-term,” he said.
“There will be money available to fund his care and case management needs for the rest of his life.
“It is quite apparent that Bradley is a very charming young man. That emerges from all the reports and witness statements.
“He has made remarkable progress, despite the disability from which he suffers, and has no doubt been a great joy to his parents.
“Nonetheless, his disabilities have imposed a formidable burden of care upon them. It is a burden they have discharged with cheerfulness and great affection for their son.”
Approving the compromise, Judge Juliet May QC said: “I am quite satisfied that this is a settlement that is in the interests of the claimant.”