Michael suffered oxygen deprivation at birth causing severe brain damage.
During the course of Michael’s delivery the midwives gave his mother a drug (oyxtocin) intended to increase the strength and duration of her contractions. Unfortunately over a period of more than 1 hour they gave her far too much.
As a consequence, Michael’s mother had a far greater number of contractions than she should have (hyper stimulation).
Whenever a contraction takes place the umbilical cord is restricted thereby reducing the oxygen to the baby. As a result Michael was starved of oxygen and born brain damaged. At the time the claim settled it was one of the highest awards of damages ever to be paid to a brain damaged child.
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