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Joseph O’Reggio

October 15, 2012

The family of a boy left severely brain damaged by complications at his birth in hospital have accepted £6m in compensation.

Joseph O’Reggio, 11, of Wolverhampton, suffered permanent brain injuries when he was starved of oxygen at New Cross Hospital in the city in April 2001.

His family won the right to claim a seven figure compensation package at the High Court in London in June 2011.

His parents have described it as a “massive relief”.

‘Rest easy’

Joe, who was left with cerebral palsy, has severe learning difficulties and cannot speak or feed himself.

His father Julian O’Reggio, said: “We can rest easy that Joe will be provided for, for the rest of his life.

“All the specialist equipment he may need, we can have carers to help with his daily routines, extra physio, extra occupational therapy, extra speech therapy, all the additional input he’s going to get which will hopefully get the most out of him within his limitations.”

Lawyers for the boy claimed his injuries were caused by medical negligence on the part of staff at the hospital, who they said should have realised he was in distress at an earlier stage.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust denied the delays caused the injuries but agreed to compensate Joseph on the basis of 80% of a full valuation of his claim.

In a statement, the trust said it hoped the damages will “secure Joseph’s future and assist him in maximising his potential”.

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