A BOY who suffered catastrophic brain damage as a baby after a catalogue of errors at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) is to receive millions of pounds in compensation.

The boy, who is now 10, and cannot be identified for legal reasons, is severely disabled and completely dependent on others for all of his needs. He is unable to walk, is registered blind and has no speech, meaning he requires specialist carers 24-hours a day.

The High Court in London yesterday agreed the settlement of around £10 million should be paid to the boy to pay for the care he will need for the rest of his life. It will also enable him to live in a house specially adapted for his disabilities and access specialist equipment and therapies. 

JMW, the law firm which handled the case, said that in 2017, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust admitted its failures caused the boy’s brain damage after its investigation revealed a catalogue of errors at the BRI led to his mother becoming critically ill with sepsis, and the boy’s brain being starved of oxygen.

His mother said that nothing could ever make up for the devastating impact on her son and her family, but she hopes lessons have been learned to protect other patients from similar tragedies. 

She said: “This has been a horrendous ordeal that I would not wish on anyone. Nothing can give my son the life most other 10-year-old boys take for granted because of the appalling standard of care we received. It’s heart-breaking to think of any other families suffering as we have and hospitals need to understand the life-changing consequences their actions have. I am relieved that my son will be taken care of financially for the rest of his life but no amount of money could ever make up for what happened to him.”

JMW said the boy’s mother had a tube fitted in her kidney during her pregnancy to drain urine after she developed kidney stones.

Around the end of her pregnancy she noticed this was not working and attended hospital, at which point the tube fell out and she was admitted to hospital.

Angharad Hughes, a partner specialising in brain injury cases at the law firm, said “From the point of his mother’s admission to hospital things went badly wrong and the situation was completely mismanaged leading to a catalogue of appalling errors.

"A simple urine sample was not taken to check for a urinary tract infection (UTI), her care was not discussed with a senior doctor and a plan was not put in place to re-site the tube and deliver the baby safely.

"She was in fact suffering from a UTI, and when she became seriously unwell she was not seen urgently by a doctor or given appropriate antibiotic treatment. The consequences were traumatic, devastating and completely avoidable. Her body became overwhelmed with infection, and as well as posing an enormous threat to her life it had grave consequences for her unborn child.”

A spokesperson for Bradford Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are pleased that the claim has been resolved and would like to take this opportunity to wish the claimant and their family the best for the future.”