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Boy given 6.6m for birth injury
Ryan Garrigan
Ryan has a near normal life expectancy
A teenager has been awarded 6.6m in damages after negligence during his birth left him with brain damage.

Ryan Garrigan, 15, has cerebral palsy and mental impairment, suffered after he was starved of oxygen during birth at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.

At the High Court, his mother, Justine, said she had fought all her son's life to be awarded compensation for Ryan.

The sum, to be paid by the former Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority, was approved by the court.

Deputy Judge Nicholas Wilkinson approved damages to be paid and heard how Ryan has a near normal life expectancy.

'Secure for life'

He is said to be fully aware of his disabilities but will always need specialist care and never be independent.

Mrs Garrigan said: "This has been a long battle but we always knew that something had gone wrong.

"We have had to fight all the way for 15 years to prove it and to get Ryan the compensation that will make sure he is secure for the rest of his life."

Compensation was awarded after it was found signs Ryan could have been starved of oxygen at his birth had not been acted upon, and his birth was then delayed.

By the time he was born by caesarean section he had permanent brain damage.

Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority has been replaced by the South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA).

In a statement, a spokesman for the SHA said: "The SHA is pleased that the parties have managed to agree a mutually acceptable resolution to Ryan's claim and wish him and his family all the best for the future."


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