This is an example of a simple anaesthetic error causing devastating brain damage. Even though an apology and financial compensation can't turn back the clock, it can help this boy and his family with the practical and financial difficulties they may face.
It is likely the compensation will include funds to pay for suitable accommodation, therapy needs, aids and equipment as well the boy's care needs. The parents can go back to being just that, rather than full time carers.
His mother said: “My son’s life - and ours - have been turned upside down, impacting heavily on him and on us as a family. “While nothing can change that, it was important to bring a civil case against the hospital to not only help us access funds which will support his specific needs for the rest of his life, but to highlight the error so lessons can be learned and others can be protected from the same mistakes.”