A young man who suffers from a string of illnesses linked to severe brain damage has been awarded £2.5million compensation.

Nathan Preece, 19, from Bosley’s Orchard, Grove, is wheelchair bound and suffers from cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, seizures and developmental delay.

Yesterday Mr Preece reached an out-of-court settlement with his GP, Dr David Wise, who still practices at Grove Medical Centre, over allegations of negligence. Dr Wise has not admitted liability.

The Abingdon and Witney College pupil was born after 31 weeks in June 1990 at the John Radcliffe hospital.

His counsel accused Dr Wise of failing to send his mother, Wendy Preece, 46, to hospital when she came to him with signs of pre-term labour.

Mr Preece was born hours later and developed a collapsed lung that caused a lack of oxygen to his brain.

Dr Wise was unavailable for comment.