A High Court judge told the parents of a tragically disabled boy she feels “deeply humbled” by their sacrifices as she approved a £3.8 million compensation payout following the mismanagement of his birth.
Jake Bowley, now six, was born at Coventry’s Walsgrave Hospital in April 2007, and diagnosed with cerebral palsy and “severe cognitive and motor difficulties” soon after.
He has “severe” visual impairment and suffers from “profound” lifelong learning difficulties, London’s High Court was told. He is unlikely to lead an independent life and requires a high level of care.
Jake’s lawyers blamed his birth injuries on delays in carrying out an emergency caesarean section. They argued an earlier delivery would have saved Jake’s brain from being catastrophically starved of oxygen.
By the time Jake was brought into the world, he was “floppy and white” and suffering from a drastically reduced heart rate.
Jake’s parents, Martin and Kelly Bowley, from Rugby, were in court as Mrs Justice Davies approved a compensation package worth around £3.8 million for their stricken son.
The judge said she felt “humbled” by the care they had lavished on Jake since his birth.
“It requires so much - both physically and emotionally...I hope this settlement will give you some peace of mind,” she told the couple.
Jake’s parents had sued the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, whose counsel, Judith Ayling, stood up in court to issue a “full” public apology to the family.
Liability was admitted by the NHS Trust. Under the terms of the settlement, Jake will receive a lump sum of £1.8 million, plus annual, index-linked and tax-free payments to cover the enormous costs of his care for the rest of his life.
Those payments will start at £145,000, rising to £185,350 when he reaches the age of 19.