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Boy Injured At Birth Set For £5m Payout

A six-year-old boy from County L'Derry who sustained life-changing injuries during birth is to be awarded almost £5 million in damages.

The child was starved of oxygen to the brain during his delivery at Altnagelvin Hospital in 2012, and developed cerebral palsy as a result.

Lawyers representing his family later sued the Western health and Social Care Trust, who accepted liability, for alleged medical negligence.

Negotiations then centred on the level of damages that would be awarded to cover the care and specialist therapies he will require for the rest of his life.

The settlement, approved today by Mr Justice Maguire, is expected to reach £4.9m.

Tyrone War Memorial Damaged By Vandals

Concrete slabs that form part of a war memorial in County Tyrone have been damaged in an attack condemned by Sinn Fein.

The monument on Main Street, Coagh, was damaged between Tuesday night, 15 January, and the early hours of Wednesday morning.
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Sinn Fein MLA Linda Dillon said the incident was "wrong" and is strongly condemned by her party.

"There is no place for attacks like this in our society," the mid Ulster MLA said.

"Monuments and memorials are important places in communities and should be respected. 

"I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to contact the PSNI." 

Emergency Services Respond To Incident At Craigavon Hospital

Emergency service professionals have responded to an incident at a Northern Ireland hospital this morning, Wednesday 16 January.

It is unclear as yet why crews were called to Craigavon Area Hospital.

At the time, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: "There is currently an incident ongoing on Craigavon Area Hospital site. Traffic restrictions are in place. Emergency services are at the scene. We will keep you updated."

Crews were stood down at around 11am, but the Trust has not released any further details.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: "Fire Crews were called to an incident at Craigavon Area Hospital. No action was required by firefighters."


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