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Our baby died for no reason'

PUBLISHED: 13:52 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:41 25 August 2010

DISTRAUGHT: Ryan,  five with Charlotte and Lee who hold a photograph of their precious Taylor who died a year ago.

DISTRAUGHT: Ryan, five with Charlotte and Lee who hold a photograph of their precious Taylor who died a year ago.

DAMNING findings by a coroner into the death of a two-month-old baby have left a young family distraught. Charlotte Devine and Lee Jones of Manordene Road, Thamesmead, have grieved over Taylor since his death on Easter Sunday in 2009, believing a congeni

DAMNING findings by a coroner into the death of a two-month-old baby have left a young family distraught.

Charlotte Devine and Lee Jones of Manordene Road, Thamesmead, have grieved over Taylor since his death on Easter Sunday in 2009, believing a congenital heart problem was solely to blame.

However, a judgement by Dr Fiona Wilcox found "serious failure" in his treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital having been discharged on April 9 despite showing signs of heart failure, the court heard.

Both parents claim they were not told that Taylor had suffered heart failure in the hospital days earlier.

Ms Devine said: "Had they not discharged him he would still be with us today. There's a lot more they could've done for him but we were just fobbed off.

"We have grieved under the impression that nothing could have been done. We've lost him for no reason at all."

Father, Lee Jones, 22, was distraught to find that hospital staff had put tubes used to revive the stricken baby in with his personal effects when he went to collect them at their local funeral parlour.

He said: "It was upsetting enough to see him in hospital with all those tubes sticking out of him. I felt sick when I saw them after he died.

"Only one doctor at the inquest had the decency to apologise for what happened to my boy."

The coroner read out a narrative judgment at Southwark Coroners' Court last Thursday citing congenital heart disease as the cause of death.

Ms Devine, 23, broke down in tears as she told events of the morning he died on April 12.

Dr Wilcox said: "He was discharged at 11.30pm on April 9, despite still having signs of heart failure with a raised respiratory rate, having received considerable doses of diuretics, before his electrolyte balance had been rechecked, before he was established firmly on his new feed and without consultant advice."

She added: "As such the decision to discharge him was serious failure which made a material contribution to his death."

The Trust made no comment on the findings.

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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