A multi-million pound High Court payout has been agreed for a girl left profoundly disabled after her heart stopped days after she was born.
Davina Parmar, now aged seven, was left facing a lifetime of dependency on others after she suffered catastrophic brain injuries.
The injuries occurred following her birth at Walsall Manor Hospital in June 2006.
She cannot see or speak and will be wholly dependent on the care of others for all aspects of her everyday life.
But yesterday, after a lengthy legal battle, Davina’s family secured for her a massive compensation package from the NHS to fund care for the rest of her life.
At the High Court in London, Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust barrister, Mr Adrian Hopkins QC, expressed ‘regret’ for the admitted breach of duty in monitoring Davina during her first days.
Davina’s barrister, Fiona Neale QC, said she had been born underweight and with an undiagnosed genetic disorder. She suffered a heart attack in the days after she was born, leaving her with brain injuries.
“She is a very, very disabled little girl,” Ms Neale told the judge, Mr Justice Royce.
“She has severe learning difficulties. She can communicate only at the most basic level by facial expression and basic sounds. She is wholly dependent on outside care.”
Despite that, and the fact she is blind and has to be fed by a tube, Davina has benefited hugely from the care and devotion lavished on her by her parents, Lal and Sunita, she continued.
Mr Hopkins added: “One cannot fail to be impressed by the love, care and attention that Davina’s parents have given to her. We wish to pay tribute to them and to wish Davina and her parents all the best for the future.”
Although the exact details of the settlement have been kept confidential, it includes a substantial lump sum and annual, index-linked and tax-free payments to make sure she gets the best care possible for the rest of her life.
Approving the deal, Mr Justice Royce said the settlement was in Davina’s best interests. The court heard the couple have since had a second child, named Jaden, who has not inherited the disorder.
Speaking after the hearing Mr Parmar, whose family now live in Essington, said: “Justice has been made and we are happy with the outcome. Davina can now look forward to a quality life and it ends seven years our family have had to endure.”