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Payout for girl disabled at birth at Poole Hospital

Laura Nash and her family
Laura will receive the money on her 18th birthday

The family of a girl who was left disabled at birth because of errors made by hospital staff in Dorset has won a £100,000 compensation battle.

Mother Julie-Ann Nash suffers from gestational diabetes which caused her baby, Laura, to be bigger than usual.

Poole Hospital staff used a "corkscrew" method during birth which displaced Laura's right shoulder. Laura, now six, is unable to use her right arm.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has apologised to the family.

The trust said training of doctors had been "strengthened" since Laura's birth.

Ms Nash said: "It is a relief in one sense because when she is older she can fund herself for her heath and care needs.

She still has difficulty now, she's unable to dress and feed herself without help
Julie-Ann Nash

"But can you put a figure on reversing a disability that somebody else has caused your child?

"She was a bit bigger than a normal baby, her head was delivered normally but her shoulders were too big for my pelvis.

"They used an inappropriate manoeuvre and, when they pulled her, snapped the right-side collarbone.

"She still has difficulty now, she's unable to dress and feed herself without help."

Laura, whose condition is called Erb's Palsy, will receive the payment on her 18th birthday.

The trust said: "Poole Hospital has given unreserved apologies to Laura and her family and we hope that the settlement will help Laura to achieve her future plans and aspirations.

"Poole Hospital delivers some 4,500 babies each year and... deals with very many complex cases each year.

"In this case we have strengthened the training of doctors to ensure they can give optimum care to mother and babies at all times."

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