A 10 year old girl whose brain was accidentally injected with glue has been awarded a multi-million pound compensation settlement.

Maisha Najeeb was being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital for a rare condition which causes the arteries and veins to become entangled.

She had previously undergone embolisation treatment, during which glue is injected to block off bleeding arteries. Harmless dye is then injected into the brain to monitor the flow of blood around the head.

In June 2010 she returned to hospital for another course of treatment, but there was no system in place for distinguishing between the injections. Consequently they were mixed up and glue was injected into her brain.

As a result of this tragic error, Maisha has been left with permanent brain damage. She has lost nearly all of her mental and physical capabilities and requires round-the-clock care.

Liability was admitted by Great Ormond Street Hospital. They were recently ordered by the High Court to pay £2.8 million compensation as a lump sum, plus £383,000 a year until Maisha reaches the age of 19. Thereafter she will be given £423,000 every year of her life to cover the cost of care and accommodation.

“Lessons will have to be learnt”

Speaking of the settlement, Neil Block QC, said: “We can’t wind the clock back. We hope there are now procedures in place to ensure such a tragic mistake cannot be made again. While the money can’t restore what Maisha has lost, we are sure a great burden has been lifted from the family by coming to the settlement we have.”

Maisha’s father, Sadir Hussain, said: “We are sad and devastated by what happened to our daughter. Her life is ruined. All her dreams have been broken. I hope that by bringing this case, lessons will have to be learnt to avoid this happening to other families.”

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