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Huge pay out in brain damage case

09/11/11: Complications sustained during heart surgery led to brain damage for a Hertfordshire boy. Due to these complications, he has been awarded at least £5 million.

The twelve year old boy, Robbie Crane, was awarded compensation in an out-of-court settlement with Harefield Hospital in Middlesex.

Although the case was for alleged medical negligence, the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS trust denies all liability for Mr. Crane’s case. However, the final financial settlement was agreed at the High Court in London on the 31st of October 2011.

Mr. Crane underwent surgery in October 1999 in order to correct a heart defect which he was born with. After the operation was declared successful by the Hospital, Mr. Crane’s lawyers suspected medical negligence after it had been noted he was being ventilated following the surgery.

The QC for the trust, Neil Block, admitted no liability for the complications sustained by Mr. Crane, but he did admit that there were serious issues raised over the operation at the time.

Mr Justice Owen confirmed the out-of-court settlement and Robbie is expected to receive 70% of the total amount agreed.

This money is going to be used to provide assistance for Robbie in the form of specialist equipment, care, and accommodation, to aid him for the remainder of his life.

Catherine and Barrie Crane, Robbie Crane’s parents, commented after the hearing that they weren’t expecting to win compensation for Robbie because they were informed that they would stand no chance in court on a number of times.

Robbie Crane’s parents praised the outcome of the trial as they commented that although they have provided Robbie with constant care and love, they are now sure that Robbie will be cared for even after they are no longer able to do so.