The true cost of a traumatic birth

Aaron Wood on his trike with mum Sarah, dad Lee, and brother Jacob
Aaron Wood on his trike with mum Sarah, dad Lee, and brother Jacob

A LOWTON mum is launching a legal fight against a hospital trust over fears a traumatic birth left her son brain damaged.

Sarah Wood, 38, believes delays in medical care at Warrington Hospital led to son Aaron being born with cerebral palsy.

Now seven years old, Aaron cannot walk, wash or dress himself, and has limited powers of speech. The youngster has to be fed by a tube and requires 24 hour care and supervision.

Medical law firm Irwin Mitchell is now pursuing a claim against Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as they look to secure compensation for Aaron to fund his complex care.

Sarah said: “Aaron is a wonderful little boy and is a huge part of all our lives but I strongly feel that the opportunity to lead the life he should have had has been taken from him.”

The charity Birth Trauma Association (BTA) is urging medical experts and the NHS to investigate the true cost of traumatic births, as part of National Birth Trauma Awareness Week from April 4 to 10.

The BTA is raising awareness of the economic cost for families following traumatic birth, as well as the incalculable damage done to parents and their babies.

No-one from Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was available to comment.

For more information on Birth Trauma Awareness Week, visit www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk