Moving forward after preventable birth injury resulting in cerebral palsy – one family’s journey – RIVER COUNTRY

Our client Pauline* bravely and kindly agreed to let us follow her family’s past journey of medical negligence in a series of blogs.

More than 11 years ago, when her second daughter was born, medical professionals failed to take the proper steps to deliver her baby by Caesarean section. Instead, a natural birth progressed resulting in a significant and entirely preventable birth injury leading to cerebral palsy.

To learn more about what happened, click here.

Following a multi-million pound medical negligence settlement to help defray the costs of lifelong extended care needs, a suitable home and specialist equipment, Pauline* was able to waive to a full-time job in order to fully support her daughter.

“I had to work full time so far to support my family. Being able to step down to spend more time with my daughter after years of struggle was a huge relief.

“My daughter has to attend regular medical appointments and therapy sessions and fitting them into full-time hours has been incredibly difficult and stressful for all of us.

“Knowing that I don’t have to worry about money and can focus my energy and attention on my daughter’s important needs is still something that sticks in my head. I still worry a lot about money because it’s a force of habit.

The legal battle is over and I feel more relaxed

“I feel less anxious now that we have received compensation for medical negligence following my daughter’s preventable cerebral palsy. It had a positive impact on my children.

“We still live in our old house which is very small. My daughter always sleeps with me and she is very frustrated being stuck inside, especially in the winter months.

“She is now in high school and that brings its own challenges as she grows into a young woman, wants to be like her peers and pushes boundaries. In addition to this normal prepubescent behavior, my daughter has cerebral palsy and therefore struggles with many things she wants to do.

“She is naturally looking for more and more independence, but she will need a lot of support for the rest of her life.

“We bought a house which is currently awaiting demolition. Our plan is to build an adapted house on the land that will be designed to meet my daughter’s needs – now and in the future.

“She will have her own room, which most children take for granted. I will have my own room which will be a luxury.

“I now have support for her care, including a carer who comes in the morning to help my daughter get ready for school.

“This daily extra help has made a significant difference for me, allowing me to take some of the pressure off and giving me the time and energy to focus on my role as a parent.

“My daughter also needs a lot of attention after school. I’m slowly learning to have fun again and realizing that taking care of myself is important.

“It benefits my two daughters if I take good care of my physical and mental health. I am more relaxed and I am better able to face the challenges ahead.

“We now have planning permission for our new house and demolition is due to take place in the next few weeks.

“We hope to be in our new home within 12 to 18 months and living in a specially adapted space will transform my daughter’s quality of life and our relationship.

“After struggling as a family for so many years, we are slowly starting to live again. I rediscovered old hobbies like amateur theatre, learning to play a musical instrument and even going to the gym.

“Going for a coffee with friends or being able to go out from time to time is a luxury that I am rediscovering. I didn’t have time before to appreciate the simple things that most take for granted.

“Small lifestyle changes, like being able to order takeout without worrying about the cost, mean my daughter can start enjoying as normal a life as possible.

“When my eldest daughter reaches milestones, I have mixed emotions. I’m thrilled and proud of her, but I’m also saddened and angry because it’s a constant reminder that my youngest daughter has been taken away what should have been a normal life.

“To meet the important needs of my youngest daughter, my eldest missed out. It is impossible to be the parent you want to be for your two children when one of them has significant needs.

“Our new home will give my eldest daughter much-needed privacy. We are moving towards a more positive phase and my eldest daughter is really looking after me and her sister as we become a closer unit.

Pauline* has kindly agreed to allow us to document her journey in order to help other families who have suffered a preventable birth injury leading to cerebral palsy.

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter as we follow the family’s medical negligence settlement journey.

We are here to help

Our team of medical and legal specialists are on hand to provide confidential and compassionate advice if you believe your baby has suffered a preventable birth injury resulting in cerebral palsy.

For a free initial conversation with Diane Rostron and her team, contact us here.

*name changed to protect family privacy