7-year-old boy wins £30million after wrongly accused of being naughty at school

A seven-year-old boy branded 'naughty' at school has won a £30 million settlement after a court accepted his behaviour stemmed from his bungled birth.

The boy suffered a brain injury at birth after his delivery by emergency Caesarean at a top London hospital was delayed. After his birth at University College Hospital in June 2012, he had to be resuscitated and "cooled" for 72 hours in an effort to protect his brain.

A court dealing with the case heard the north London boy's behaviour since his birth had led him to be branded naughty and disruptive. According to the law firm representing the boy's family, he presents just like any other child, but throughout his short life has exhibited "grossly abnormal behaviour."

His mum and dad had been accused of being 'bad parents' by social services and health professionals working with the boy throughout years of misdiagnosis.

The family's local authority had struggled to place him in a school due to his shouting, biting, defiance and impulsiveness. The boy's outbursts are so frequent he requires two support workers at all times, and he has been excluded from school almost every day.

He currently lives with his parents and siblings in their north London home and attends a nurturing unit in a specialist school with his own support workers. His father also looks after the boy's mother, who is in a wheelchair. When the mum saw how poor her baby' ss condition was after birth, she suffered "severe shock."

He suffered a Moderate neonatal encephalopathy, signs of respiratory distress, neonatal hypoglycaemia, sepsis, seizures and persistent pulmonary hypertension.

A High Court judge on Monday approved a settlement of £30million for the boy after a law firm brought a medical negligence claim on behalf of his family.

Fieldfisher Partner Jane Weakley said the family had suffered five years of misdiagnosis following the birth. Without it, he and his parents would likely continue to have been blamed for his behaviour throughout his life, she added.
"I'm extremely pleased that this settlement for life will allow his family to provide the best possible care to give this child the best life possible.
"What he thrives on is being outdoors, with space to run around in and areas to explore.
"But he does need two support workers with him at all times to handle his volatile outbursts."
"His family love him dearly and I know they'll do the absolute best for him."
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