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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 January, 2005, 10:01 GMT
Severed finger girl 'wins payout'
A girl who lost three fingers after they were trapped in the lid of an incubator has been awarded 30,000, lawyers have said.

Shineece Cudjoe's fingers were severed while she was having a hernia removed at the Royal London Hospital nine weeks after she was born.

Her mother Doris Obeng said the baby's fingers had been bandaged but once at home she saw bones "sticking out".

The Barts and The London NHS Trust said it had admitted liability.

A spokesman for the trust said "measures have since been put in place to prevent such incidents happening again".

Shineece will have a deformity that will have to be treated as she grows up and may never be healed
Kirstin Moss, family lawyer

Shineece, now aged five, weighed 3lb (1.35kg) when she was born two months premature in February 1999.

When she was readmitted to the hospital in Whitechapel, east London, she had to be looked after in an incubator.

After her treatment her mother saw her hand had been bandaged and was told her daughter's fingers had been damaged on the lid of the incubator.

They were sent home and while bathing the baby Ms Obeng said the bandage fell off and, "I clearly saw bones sticking out.

Pieces of bone

"I screamed and eventually she was given antibiotics to stop them going green, but for several days after that, I kept finding pieces of bone on the floor.

"Now she is older, she asks me why did it happen and I can't answer her."

Kirstin Moss, a lawyer for the family, said it was a "clear case of negligence".

She added: "Shineece will have a deformity that will have to be treated as she grows up and may never be healed."

Law firm Bolt Buren Kemp said Shineece had won a payout from Barts and The London NHS Trust after it admitted liability.

The trust apologised to the family.

A spokeswoman said: "The trust is pleased that a settlement has been agreed with Shineece's solicitors but as this has yet to be approved by the court it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage."

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