‘I’d give it back if she could walk’: $20m payout over swim school accident

The Age

By Tom Cowie

October 16, 2021 — 11.55pm

A girl who was paralysed when she hit her head on the bottom of a pool during a swimming lesson has won a settlement of $20 million, believed to be one of the biggest payouts to an 

lesson has won a settlement of $20 million, believed to be one of the biggest payouts to an individual in Victorian legal history.

Milly Yeoman, 17, was left a quadriplegic from spinal injuries suffered when she was instructed to dive into a toddlers’ pool as a 12-year-old pupil at Ballarat North Primary School in 2016.

Milly Yeoman in hospital after she hit her head on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Ms Yeoman filed a claim in the Supreme Court in 2018, which was settled earlier this year at mediation.

Swimming school company De Kort Enterprises Pty Ltd agreed to pay $10 million, the state of Victoria $6.67 million and the lesson instructor $3.33 million, according to court documents.

The settlement was reached with a denial of liability from the defendants.

At the time, the payout was kept confidential, however the full amount was revealed in court documents this week as part of proceeding to recover legal costs. Ms Yeoman’s legal team is seeking $1.27 million in fees.

The incident was also the subject of criminal proceedings, which resulted in the swimming school being fined $150,000 in 2019.

During the lesson, Ms Yeoman was instructed to dive into a pool that was just 1.2 metres deep. She hit her head on the bottom, severing her spinal cord.

The incident was captured on CCTV cameras, with the footage shown during court hearings. As recognition of the financial stress on Ms Yeoman’s family, it was agreed that $2 million

would be paid before the settlement was reached. The final amount will be held by the court in a fund as Ms Yeoman is under 18.

Ms Yeoman spent almost 200 days in the Royal Children’s Hospital and requires 24-hour care. Her family said the money would be spent on building a new house to cater for Ms

Quadriplegic Milly Yeoman back at home with her best friend Tilly Burke. in 2018. JEREMY BANNISTER

Yeoman’s complex needs, including a therapy pool and gym. “Nothing else has changed, it’s still an everyday job,” said her father, Peter Yeoman.

“It doesn’t make any difference, the novelty wears off looking at a bank account. I’d rather her be able to get up and run around with her mates instead of lying in bed.

“I would give anything to get our old lives back.” Mr Yeoman said he had been unable to return to his earthmoving business after the incident.

The payment means his family won’t have to rely on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“The financial side of things, she’s right. The Supreme Court looks after the funds,” he said. It is understood the settlement will be covered by the defendants’ insurance companies.

“They [the defendants] get to move on, we’re dealing with it for the rest of our lives,” Mr Yeoman said. “I can’t see us doing anything else. It’s ruined my daughter and wrecked me and my wife.”

Ms Yeoman’s solicitor, Nick Lyons, said that the settlement was believed to be one of the biggest in Victoria for an individual plaintiff.

“But nothing repairs the damage done in terms of the injuries, she’ll be a quadriplegic forv the remainder of her life,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Victorian education department said support had been provided to the school and Ms Yeoman’s family.

“This was a devastating incident, and our heartfelt and continued sympathy is with Milly vand her family,” the spokesperson said.

Former France, PSG defender dies four decades after slipping into coma

The Age

By Julian Pretot

September,7 2021

Paris: Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams has died at the age of 73, almost 40 years after falling into a coma following a medical error, his former clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Nimes, said on Monday.

In 1982, Adams was administered a near-fatal dose of anaesthetic ahead of a routine knee operation, which caused brain damage.

Jean-Pierre Adams (left) during an international friendly between France and Portugal.

The Dakar-born Adams had won 22 caps for Les Bleus in the 1970s, forming with Marius Tresor what was known as ‘the Black Guard’.

Ligue 1 giants PSG issued a statement offering ‘heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones’, adding that Adams’ “love of life, charisma and experience quickly brought respect” at the club.

 He played for Nimes from 1970-73 and for PSG from 1977-79 after joining from Nice. Nimes and PSG took part in a jubilee for Adams in 1984, two years before the Parisians won the first of their nine domestic titles.

Since the accident, Adams has been cared for by his wife, Bernadette.

Meanwhile, Brazilian legend Pele has had an apparent tumour on the right side of his colon removed in an operation.

Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said on Monday the 80-year-old soccer great is in an intensive care unit and will be transferred to a regular room on Tuesday.

The operation was a “great victory,” Pele said on his social media channels on Monday.

He went to the hospital for routine exams last week when the tumour was found. The hospital said in a statement the tumour was identified during routine cardiovascular and laboratory exams. It added it collected samples to be analysed for pathologies.

“I thank God for feeling very well and for allowing Dr Fabio and Dr Miguel to take care of my health,” Pele said. “Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon. The tumour was identified during the tests I mentioned last week.

Pele said his surgery had been a “great victory”.

Pele said his surgery had been a “great victory”.CREDIT:AP

“Fortunately, I’m used to celebrating great victories alongside you. I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of my family and friends.”

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, globally known as Pele, was hospitalised last Tuesday. He used his social media channels to deny he was in poor health.

“Guys, I didn’t faint and I’m in very good health. I went for my routine exams, which I had not been able to do before because of the pandemic. Let them know I don’t play next Sunday,” he joked in the tweet.

Pele, the only male player to win three World Cups, has had mobility problems since a failed hip replacement surgery in 2012. He has been forced to use walkers and wheelchairs in public. He has also been admitted to hospitals in recent years for kidney and prostate procedures.

Pele won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, and remains Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77.


Family of woman killed in cage fight express ‘mismatch’ concerns

Winchester inquest hears claims that opponent was bigger and stronger than Saeideh Aletaha

The Guardian

Steven Morris

Tue 7 Sep 2021

The family of a mixed martial arts enthusiast who died after a blow to the head in a cage fight have expressed concern that she was “mismatched” with an opponent bigger and more muscular than her.

Saeideh Aletaha, a 26-year-old graduate, collapsed in a bathroom at the Central Hall in Southampton after a knockout in the third round of the contest.

At an inquest in Winchester, her family claimed her opponent, personal trainer Janie Morgan, 34, seemed bigger and stronger than Aletaha.

They claimed Aletaha seemed concerned about her opponent and stressed by the prospect of the contest. In a statement read out during the inquest, Aletaha’s family said: “Saeideh always used to send her picture with her opponent before each match. However, for her last match she had cut the picture of her opponent and sent only her own pictur


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