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Hawksford v Ministry of Defence - QBD 5 February 199Claimant: Barry Hawksford, Incident: Hospital negligence at birth at Cambridge Military Maternity Hospital
Injuries: Hospital staff said to have failed to ventilate or monitor claimant's condition properly in days after his delivery; as a result he suffered oxygen starvation resulting in the most acute kind of cerebral palsy; he is almost deaf in both ears and any attempt at voluntary movement sends him into spasms; his intellect is said to have been unaffected but only his close family are able to understand his attempts to communicate; he enjoys the cinema and TV but will never be able to read or use computer equipment because of involuntary movement; his mother, a former army nurse, has devoted her life to his care but has also brought up two other sons aged 12 and seven
Award: £1.4 million (agreed damages)
Judge: Mr Justice Laws
Plaintiff's solicitors: Offenbach & Co
Johnson v Mid Essex Health Authority - QBD 12 February 199Claimant: Melinda Johnson, 33
Incident: Brain damage following epileptic seizure while giving birth
Injuries: Claimant mother of two, an epileptic since 1981, suffered oxygen starvation after going into epileptic seizure while giving birth; hospital accused of negligence for failure to keep her airways open during the attack; she has been left incapable of doing anything for herself independently and requires 24-hour care at her home; despite the effect of the brain damage she is said to be fully aware of what is going on in her home and anxious to take a part in the upbringing of her children