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Families sue over birth problems
Cameron Dickens-Smith
Cameron will never walk and never talk, doctors told his mother
Two families whose babies have been left brain damaged are suing a hospital saying complications were not spotted.

Cameron Dickens-Smith and Abbie Louise Everitt, were both born with cerebral palsy two weeks apart in 2004.

The families, from Telford, Shropshire, say oxygen deprivation during birth resulted in brain damage and they are suing the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The hospital said staff training had been passed by external examiners and that it could not comment further.

Cameron's mother Cheryl Dickens and father Adam Smith said they were shocked when they were told about the extent of the damage to their son.

'So upset'

Ms Dickens said: "We were told by the consultant that he had severe damage and that he would never talk, never walk and never really have any personal existence as he would always need help.

Kerry Luke and Abbie Louise Everitt
Kerry Luke says her daughter Abbie's quality of life was ruined

"We were so upset you really cannot imagine."

Kerry Luke, the mother of Abbie, told the BBC her daughter had been diagnosed with a severe form of cerebral palsy.

"I feel very let down because they have taken away my daughter's quality of life," she said. "They said she won't walk and won't talk and won't eat."

Ms Dickens added: "We want them to start an inquiry into what went wrong. They can put procedures in place so that it doesn't happen to other families."


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