86. The video recordings certainly provide support for the view that upon immersion in the pool at K, A is calm and serene. She clearly smiles, with apparent pleasure, during her lengthy immersion as shown in the “Day in the Life” film. She does not seize up, or cry, or show any sign of distress. She appears to be calm, also, as she is removed from the pool by hoist.
87. One striking feature of the way the medical and other expert evidence in this case has developed from its origins in 2013 through to the trial in February 2015 is the impact on all the experts of viewing the video recordings. I have traced through the experts’ evidence chronologically so as to highlight this. All have moved after viewing the “Day in the Life” video towards acceptance of the view that hydrotherapy has the benefit of pain relief. My own viewing of the video evidence had a similar impact on me. Having started from a position which I will admit was one of some scepticism I found that the video demonstrated first of all evidence of painful spams which supported that of C but also, and still more strikingly, clear evidence of a quite dramatic change in A’s behaviour on immersion. The words “remarkable”, used by Dr Johnson and “transformation”, by Prof Levene, are in my judgment entirely apt descriptions of the evident effect. Nobody has cast any doubt on the validity of that video evidence, which seems to me highly important to this aspect of the case.”