No amount of compensation will make up for the loss this family has suffered but I hope they will get some measure of closure after what has clearly been a long ordeal.
As clinical negligence practitioners, it is always difficult and frustrating to see our clients suffer through years of litigation, on top of the injuries already caused.
The parents of a seven-year-old boy who died following heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital have been awarded £100,000 in compensation. Luke Jenkins, from Cardiff, suffered a cardiac arrest days after an operation in March 2012. An NHS Ombudsman identified "missed opportunities in his care" and the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust admitted "failings". The trust said it was "deeply sorry" for letting Luke's family down. In a statement, its chief executive Robert Woolley said: "We fully accept, however, that there were failings in the care and treatment we gave him and we also accept that we compounded the pain and grief of his family by giving incorrect and incomplete information in response to their complaint. "We are deeply sorry for everything we got wrong."