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Mother Battles Brain Damaged Daughter’s Future Care

Failure to carry out emergency caesarean


The mother of a little girl from St. Albans left disabled at birth when medical staff failed to carry out an emergency caesarean, leaving her in need of 24hr care for the rest of her life, will attend court on Tuesday to ensure that the necessary funding is secured.

Represented by law firm Irwin Mitchell Mrs Snell, Rosie’s mum, will be at the High Court in London where the judge will determine what needs the five year old has in order to live as normal a life as possible despite her injuries.

Speaking on behalf of the family their Solicitor Jane Weakley from Irwin Mitchell said: “Rosie was asphyxiated during her mother’s labour at Watford General Hospital on 5th October 2004, and as a result was born with severe disabilities.

“This means she needs twenty-four hour care, adapted accommodation and equipment as well as ongoing rehabilitation to aid with the struggles she will face daily for the rest of her life.  Tuesday’s court hearing will ensure Rosie receives the funding necessary to help her maximise her potential and ensure the quality of her limited life.”

Following the birth the Consultant apologised to Rosie’s parents for the care and attitude of the staff given during the labour but it was not until 2008 that West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust formally accepted that earlier action could have prevented Rosie’s injuries.

“Rosie’s mother hopes that this case will ensure that lessons are learnt so that other children and their families do not have to go through the same as them in the future.”

Details of the case’s conclusion will be distributed following the outcome on 27th April. If you have any questions regarding the case please contact Claire Methven at Irwin Mitchell’s London and South East region press office on 020 7009 3113, or by e-mail at claire@3-monkeys.co.uk.