CITY hospital bosses have agreed to pay out more than £7million to the family of a girl left severely disabled at birth.
The girl, who can be identified only as AM, was not delivered quickly enough at Sunderland Royal Hospital and developed dystonic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
She requires constant care and is unable to walk unaided.
She needs the support of a team of therapists and helpers, and special adaptations have had to be made to the family’s home and car.
City solicitors Longden, Walker and Renney brought a claim against City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the family.
The trust admitted liability two years ago and its lawyers have worked with the family’s representatives to draft an agreed settlement worth £7.1million, which has been approved by the High Court.
The trust will pay out every year for the rest of AM’s life to fund the care she needs.
The girl’s father thanked the family lawyers and the trust for admitting liability and “treating us with dignity”.
“The settlement will enable our daughter to be cared for for the rest of her life,” he added.
A trust spokesman said: “City Hospitals Sunderland welcomes the court’s approval of an out of court settlement.
“The trust admitted liability in 2011 and apologises sincerely for the injuries suffered by AM during her delivery.
“The trust commends the unstinting care and love given to AM by her family and hopes the award of damages will provide security for the future.”