The Australian Red Cross Society has agreed to pay $200,000 in damages to a 6-year-old girl who acquired AIDS from blood it supplied for a transfusion given shortly after the child's birth.

The girl's lawyer, Peter Gordon, said it was the first case in Australia, and possibly in the world, where the Red Cross had agreed to pay damages to a person who acquired AIDS through a blood transfusion.Justice P.D. Cummins approved the settlement in the Victorian Supreme Court Wednesday in addition to another $40,000 already paid by the Monash Medical Center, where the transfusion took place.

The girl has a life expectancy of only two years.