The parents of a boy who was left brain damaged as a result of complications during his birth have spoken of their relief that a nine-year battle to claim compensation has come to an end.
Stella Simms, aged 41, and her husband David, 39, launched legal action against Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, after their son, Logan, nine, developed cerebral palsy.
They claim delays during his birth at Walsall Manor Hospital in May 2004 were to blame.
Earlier this week, a top judge at London’s High Court approved a compromise between the parties, with the NHS agreeing to pay a settlement which is likely to amount to millions of pounds.
Mrs Simms, from Sandland Road, Willenhall, said: “The last nine years have been one long hard battle. There are so many things that Logan needs but doesn’t have because we don’t have the money.
“Logan can’t walk so with this settlement, we will be able to get him a walking frame, hoists and an electric wheelchair so that he doesn’t have to be carried around or crawl.
“He will also be able to have a device attached to the wheelchair so that he can open his curtains and door in the mornings.
“I am so happy that he is going to get everything he needs. Justice has finally been done and David and I are both looking forward to seeing him grow, but this should have been settled years ago.”
The couple’s legal team claimed if warning signs, including an irregular heartbeat, during the last stages of Logan’s difficult birth had been brought to the attention of an obstetric specialist earlier, his injuries could have been avoided.
Mr Simms said: “If Logan had been born just two minutes earlier, he may not even have been brain damaged.”
The couple, who have four other sons, Lewis, 19, Dylan, 14, Mitchell 12 and Dalton, 10, refused to treat Logan any differently from them and say that has helped him to develop into the boy he is today.
Speaking earlier this week, Benjamin Browne QC, for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, paid tribute to the Simms family for their strength in the face of adversity.