The Priory Courts
B e f o r e :
|A LOCAL AUTHORITY|
(Represented by his Children's Guardian)
For the Applicant: MISS HEATON QC
For the Respondent: MISS LANGDALE QC
For the Child MISS LEE QC
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MR JUSTICE KEEHAN:
"If C1 had been immediately removed from the toilet bowl, then he would have avoided a period of minutes during which he was immersed in water. However there would still have been a prolonged delay before the ambulance crew arrived, during which he would have been exposed to severe hypoxaemia, which would have probably stimulated the diving reflex and hypothermia. In addition there would have been a further delay before he arrived at the hospital.
In my opinion it is more likely than not that he still would have sustained some degree of brain injury, however, in my opinion it is more likely than not that the brain injury would have been materially less severe."
That opinion is not accepted on behalf of the mother, but no other medical evidence is called or relied upon to gainsay Professor Wyatt's opinion.