A young girl, who has suffered permanent brain damage due to a hospital mix-up which saw glue injected into her brain, has been awarded a record £24million in compensation.
Maisha Najeeb, 13, was admitted to the Children’s Clinic at Great Ormond Street in 2010 for treatment on a rare condition which had meant that her arteries and veins were tangled in her brain.
The proposed surgery would see the girl injected with harmless dye, to allow doctors to see how well blood was flowing in her brain.
Yet, when the doctors were performing the surgery, the syringe was mixed up with one containing glue, leading Maisha to suffer irreversible brain damage.
Speaking outside London High Court, the now 13-year-old’s father, Sadir Hussain, said: “Her life is ruined. All her dreams have been broken.
“I hope that by bringing this case, lessons will have been learned to avoid this happening to other families.
“We are grateful that agreement has been reached with Great Ormond Street to ensure that Maisha’s care needs are met.”
Maisha will initially receive a lump sum of £2.8million from Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust, whilst Judge William Birtles also ruled that she would receive £383,000 a year until her 19th birthday, then £423,000 per year for as long as she lives – experts estimate she could be as old as 64.
Her solicitor, Edwina Rawson, said Great Ormond Street could have avoided the tragic mix-up in June 2010 if the syringes for the treatment had been properly labelled.
“What is so heartbreaking about this case is that the injury was so avoidable,” she told the court. “If the syringes had been marked-up so the hospital could see which contained glue and which contained dye, then Maisha would not have suffered what is an utterly devastating brain injury.”
Neil Block QC, representing Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust, added: “We can’t wind the clock back. We hope there are now systems and procedures in place to ensure such a tragic mistake cannot be made again.
“While money can’t restore what Maisha has lost, we are sure a great burden has been lifted from the family by coming to the settlement we have.”
Mr Block added that her parents should also be praised for their handling of the situation and engaging with the trust, saying this meant that the hospital could learn from what happened and make improvements.
The compensation will be spent on care and accommodation for Maisha who now requires assistance with all basic daily tasks and has lost the majority of her bodily and cognitive abilities.