A man who suffered severe brain damage as a baby as a result of an error by medical staff has been awarded compensation amounting to £7.3 million, reports the Daily Mail.

Maternity staff at Luton and Dunstable Hospital failed to give him a vitamin K injection after his birth. The injection is routinely given to new born babies to help reduce the risk of internal bleeding.

He suffered a brain haemorrhage three months later, causing brain damage that left him with severe physical and cognitive disabilities and reliant on 24-hour care.

The man, who is now 25-years-old, has been awarded a lump sum of £2,345,000, together with annual payments of £181,000, increasing to £192,000, which will help to ensure that his care needs are met for the rest of his life.

The Secretary of State for Health accepted liability for the man’s injuries and the compensation will be paid by the NHS Litigation Authority.

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