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Last Updated: Monday, 3 April 2006, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Brain damage boy, 6, awarded 3m
A six-year-old boy brain-damaged at birth has been awarded 3m in High Court damages.

Tzar Stevens Macmillean suffers from severe cerebral palsy caused by a lack of oxygen during his birth at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, in June 1999.

Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted liability.

Mr Justice Holland said he was impressed with the way Tzar's mother, Juliet, met the challenges of his care.

He said he knew about the challenges and rewards of caring for a disabled child as he had a neighbour very like Tzar.

All of those who were involved with Ms Stevens' care were very distressed at the outcome
Trust spokesman

"It puts people like me in awe," he told Ms Stevens' counsel, John Grace QC, who said that his client was a "shining example".

After the brief hearing in London on Monday, Ms Stevens, who lives with Tzar in Manchester, said in a statement: "My son faces many struggles ahead and although the compensation will increase his opportunities, I would exchange every penny to see him live a normal and fulfilling life."

Counsel for the Trust, Paul Rees QC, offered its unreserved apology.

A spokesman said later: "All of those who were involved with Ms Stevens' care were very distressed at the outcome.

"The Trust is very sorry that Tzar and his family have suffered this tragedy and it pays tribute to the devoted care that Ms Stevens gives to her son.

"The Trust wishes Tzar and his family well for the future."

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