A MUM today blamed medics at Sunderland Royal Hospital for the traumatic birth of her daughter who has been left needing 24-hour care.
Katie Cruddas was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and curvature of the spine at just seven months old.
Now her mum, Tracy, 38, has contacted solicitors, claiming staff at the hospital failed to address concerns she raised before Katie’s birth.
Within minutes of being born, the youngster, now four, was left struggling for breath. Within hours, she began suffering seizures, forcing her to spend the first two weeks of her life in hospital.
Tracy, also mum to Amy, nine, gave up work to look after Katie, who cannot walk or talk and is fed through a peg in her stomach.
Despite this, Katie goes to nursery and has just had her place confirmed at Farringdon Primary School in Sunderland.
Tracy, of Farringdon, said: “She can’t do anything for herself and uses a walker to get around.
“The hospital can’t change the way Katie is, but I’m doing this just to make sure she’s secure and I can have the things that could make her life better.
She added: “I had raised concerns of possible complications when Katie was born, because Amy was delivered by emergency Caesarean due to problems during her birth.
“I really feel that my concerns weren’t taken seriously and that I wasn’t properly monitored.
“During Katie’s birth she started to become distressed and the medical staff had to act very quickly.
“I believe that if my initial concerns had been addressed then Katie may not have suffered so much during her birth.”
Tracy has now instructed law firm Irwin Mitchell investigate a possible legal claim against the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.
A spokeswoman for City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were notified by those instructed to act for Tracy Cruddas that a claim is intimated against the Trust in relation to treatment provided in 2006.
“We are regretful that Ms Cruddas is dissatisfied with the standard of care that she and Katie received and we are sad to hear of the disabilities Katie suffers from.
“The matter is now in the hands of the parties’ lawyers and all appropriate investigations are being made to respond to the points raised.
“It would, therefore, be inappropriate to comment any further until the investigation is complete.
“For all parties concerned we are hopeful the matter can be resolved quickly.”
Angela Kirtley, a medical law expert at Irwin Mitchell, believes more needs to be done to reduce the number of serious birth traumas in the UK.
She said: “Apart from the incalculable damage done to parents and their babies, there is the serious economic impact of having to pick up the pieces following the aftermath of traumatic births.
“It is clear that prevention is always the better option and we are calling on the NHS and medical professionals to work together to learn lessons and share best practice so that the number of birth traumas can be reduced.”