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Doctor is not to blame for baby left brain damaged 32 years ago, court finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2970
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A High Court judge has ruled that a hospital doctor was not to blame for a brain injury in a newborn baby 32 years ago that left him with cerebral palsy as well as epilepsy and cognitive, behavioural, and physical problems.

Mr Justice Phillips said it was “unfortunate” that Sunita Nagpal and her former colleagues at Queen’s Park Hospital, Blackburn, had had the case hanging over them for so many years, and he commended their care of John Aspinall as a baby.

Through his mother and litigation friend, Evonne Taylforth, Aspinall began proceedings in 2012 against the health …

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