Compensation paid to victims of child abuse doctor Myles Bradbury
PUBLISHED: 15:14 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:14 13 December 2017
The mother of a victim of paedophile hospital doctor Myles Bradbury says her son has been left "suicidal" following the abuse.
Children’s doctor Bradbury was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court in 2014 to 22 years in prison after carrying out medical examinations on boys “purely for his own sexual gratification” while working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge – a regional centre for paediatrics.
He abused 18 boys in his care and the hospital trust has reportedly paid out more than £600,000 in compensation to victims.
The mother of one victim, who was abused between the ages of 10 and 12, said the doctor’s actions had left her son suicidal.
“Myles Bradbury destroyed our beautiful boy’s life, so much so that I can’t see any way that he’ll ever recover,” she said.
“He is so bad that we live in fear of him committing suicide.
“We have to watch him 24 hours a day.
“We check on him the first thing every day when we wake to see that he is still alive.
“If he is a bit late getting up, we are worried that he will have done something terrible.
“It is completely heart-breaking.
“He hides away pretty much all day and refuses to leave the house.
“He said to me ‘I don’t want to live any longer’.
“I know he needs his family around him at all times.
“Whilst he has us around I hope he will be ok, but I feel that if we were not around, he’d do something awful.”
Bradbury, a paediatric consultant haematologist, filmed some of his victims, who ranged in age from 10 to 16, using a spy pen and abused others behind a curtain while their parents were in the room.
Bradbury pleaded guilty to 25 offences, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images.
Solicitor Renu Daly, of Hudgell Solicitors, said individual damages settlements of up to £35,000 had been secured from the hospital trust in relation to six young boys who were abused by Bradbury.
Legal action also included damages claims on behalf of the families of Bradbury’s child victims, resulting in 15 successful cases in which compensation has now been awarded, she said.
She added that eight ongoing cases relating to children, including a number where the children have suffered “catastrophic psychological injuries”, continue as damages “reflective of the psychological impact Bradbury’s offending had” are sought.