Brain-damage pupil to win millions

21st January 2000 at 00:00
A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy left permanently brain-damaged after a school visit to a farm is to receive "several million pounds" in damages.

Tom Dowling contracted the E.coli bug on a school trip from Edgware infants school in north London to Bowman's Open Farm near St Albans, Herts, two years ago. He is now confined toa wheelchair, cannot move his arms and legs and can only communicate by blinking.

The London borough of Barnet and the farm admitted they were 95 per cent responsible for Tom's illness at the High Court and agreed a pound;200,000 interim payment before a hearing to decide the size of the full settlement.

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