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Brain-damaged child awarded £2.4m

A judge sitting at the High Court in London has awarded a boy who suffered brain damage after he was born nearly an hour after his healthy twin brother £2.4m agreed damages.

Robert Jackson, who is now nine, was born at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, in July 1998. He has speech difficulties and other problems connected with cerebral palsy, but is able to attend a mainstream school.

He lives with his parents, Penelope and Lee, twin William, and an elder brother at Home Close, Harlow.

His counsel, William Edis, told Mr Justice Roderick Evans, who approved the settlement, that Robert had “wanted for nothing in parental care and love”.

John Witting, counsel for the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, which made no admission of liability, said it has “profound admiration” for the care the family has provided him.

After the hearing, the family’s solicitor, David Kerry, said: “They are very pleased this case has come to a satisfactory conclusion.”

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