The mother of a four-year-old girl from Northampton has launched legal action against a hospital claiming a series of alleged medical errors left her daughter severely disabled.
Chloe Rolfe has a rare and severe form of cerebral palsy, which is alleged to have been caused by oxygen starvation during her birth at Northampton General Hospital on December 1, 2009.
She now has a permanent brain injury, which means she has very impaired movement, suffers regular seizures and is unable to sit unaided or speak.
Chloe’s Mum, Jade Hughes, said: “It’s very difficult dealing with the knowledge that her disabilities might have been completely avoided if she had been delivered earlier by C-section.
“We have missed out on enjoying all the usual milestones of seeing her learn to crawl, then walk and talk.
“Sadly she will never grow up to have an independent life and will always be reliant on me and other carers to provide help with the most basic of tasks.”
Robert Rose, from Lime Solicitors, said: “No amount of money can turn back the clock. However, we very much hope that the trust will admit liability early so a settlement can be agreed to provide both financial security for Chloe and peace of mind for Jade, to pay for the care she needs for the rest of her life.”
Lime Solicitors claim medical evidence shows that during a number of ante-natal appointments over a six-week period, Jade’s unborn baby was not properly monitored. “Measurements, which could have shown that baby Chloe was not growing properly and was ‘small for dates’ were not spotted, whereas an obstetric team could have made preparations to deliver her by caesarean section,” the claim. “Jade went through a protracted labour and, at some point, baby Chloe became severely distressed, possibly as a result of the umbilical cord being compressed, which caused oxygen starvation and resulted in her being left with a life-long, severe disability.” A spokeswoman for NGH said the hospital trust, which would pay for any compensation out of a national pot rather than its own funds, was seeking legal advice so therefore could not comment.