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Family says there are 'still questions' about Mylee's death

Mylee Weetman

"We would like to thank the Coroner for carrying out this painstaking investigation into the death of our little girl. We have great respect for his determination to uncover the truth, and this has given us some comfort in what has been an awful time.

We still, however, have questions about Mylee's treatment at Leeds. The staff involved in her care gave no explanation for why she died, neither at the time of her death nor during the Inquest. We felt as if they were trying to convince us that it was just 'one of those things', or maybe that the hospital was in denial about what had happened. The Coroner found that Mylee's brain damage had been caused by an air embolism passing from one part of her heart to another, resulting in a stroke.

We now know that a hole in Mylee's heart, known as a VSD, had not healed over by the time of her operation, and that this left her vulnerable to air bubbles in her bloodstream. We need to know why, if there were doubts about whether the hole in Mylee's heart was still present, more steps were not taken to minimise the risks to her during and after surgery.

Difficult as it was to hear, we are glad that the Coroner heard the comments of a neurologist about whether Mylee might have survived, even if she might have suffered lifelong brain damage. The neurologist did not accept the argument that the death was unexplained, and pointed to the probability of an identifiable cause.

It has been so distressing to relive the events around Mylee's death. There have been no easy answers for us throughout this process, but we have to know the truth. It hurts even more to know that there are other families who feel that their children were harmed at the Leeds heart unit; only a week after we lost Mylee, the unit was temporarily closed down, and this only makes us more anxious about the care that children were receiving there.

We hope that lessons will be learned from Mylee's story, and that this will go some way to preventing this from happening to anybody else's child. We will never forget Mylee, and we owe it to her to find the truth about what happened to her.

– The family of Mylee Weetman

Hull's mystery millionaire

Players in Hull are being urged to check and double-check their unique EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker code for the chance to become an instant millionaire.

The search is on to find the owner of the winning ticket which was bought in Hull. For every EuroMillions line played, UK players automatically receive a Millionaire Maker code printed on their ticket. The winning code on 10 July was VCY513088 and the lucky ticket-holder has until Wednesday 6 January, 2016 to claim their prize.

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life."


Coroner records 'narrative verdict' at Mylee's inquest

Mylee Weetman

The coroner in the inquest of a little girl who died after surgery complications at a controversial children's heart unit ruled a "narrative verdict" on her death.

Four-year-old Mylee Weetman lost her battle when surgery to remove excess muscle in her heart led to two strokes, causing her brain to be "starved of oxygen".

She died days later, shortly before the unit at Leeds General Infirmary, West Yorks., was shut over concerns of its high death rates.

An inquest into the youngster's death heard how she could have been saved had doctors performed the correct scans and recognised the seizures sooner.

The two-week hearing at Wakefield Coroners' Court also heard how mother Siobhan Casey was "still waiting" for answers as to why Mylee died.

Mylee, from Doncaster, South Yorks., had been born with a heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, meaning she had a hole in her heart as well as other complications.

She had surgery to correct this when she was 13 months - although was told she'd need further surgery to remove excess muscle in March 2013.

She died after extensive brain damage following the surgery.

Did you witness a fatal collision in Dinnington?

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Dinnington this weekend.

At around 12.30am on Sunday 26 July, it is reported that a blue Citroen C2 was travelling along Hangsman Lane, Dinnington, towards Laughton Common Road, when it was involved in a collision with a lamppost.

A 27-year-old woman driving the Citroen sustained fatal injuries.

Witnesses are asked to call 101 quoting incident number 36 of 26 July 2015.

School: Conley will 'stay in our hearts forever'

Staff at the school 7-year-old Conley Thompson attended have offered their condolences to his family.

School: Conley will 'stay in our hearts forever'

His body was found yesterday on a construction site following an overnight search.

Worsbrough Bank End Primary's Head Teacher Nichola Thorpe said Conley's smile would stay in their hearts forever:

Following the recent tragic event in Worsbrough, all of us at Worsbrough Bank End Primary school wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Conley Thompson at this very difficult time. We especially want to send all the children who knew and were school friends with Conley, our love. Conley’s big smile and sparkly eyes will stay in our hearts forever; Bank End Primary will not be the same in September without him. Staff are being well supported by the Senior Leadership Team who in turn are being guided by Strategic Services at Barnsley Council.

– Nichola Thorpe, Head teacher, Worsbrough Bank End Primary


High Court rejects Lincoln libraries challenge

Library campaigners in Lincoln, 2013

An appeal to the High Court for a judicial review into Lincolnshire County Council’s plan to cut the number of libraries from 45 to 15 has failed.

After a week long hearing, a High Court judge dismissed the legal challenge on all grounds.

"We're delighted with the judge's decision.

"However, it's disappointing that at least £350,000 has had to be wasted defending plans that are clearly best for taxpayers, best for library users and best for local communities.

"The delays caused by the legal action have also led to Lincolnshire Co-op withdrawing its bid for Boultham Library, meaning this site is now likely to close.

"Hopefully, the campaigners will now see their actions are only having a negative effect on services, and they are doing anything but save Lincolnshire libraries.

"Now we have cleared this hurdle, we can concentrate on putting the new-look service in place – something that will ensure the future of local libraries.

"We're working closely with local groups to get the new community hubs up-and-running, and have a few that are ready to go-live in the next few weeks, the rest will then follow over the summer months in a phased approach. Everything should be in place by the end of September. "I'm sure these new facilities will be of real benefit to their local community."

– Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, Lincolnshire County Council

Under the plans, the council will continue to provide 15 major libraries, along with online services and specialist support for those unable to reach their nearest library because of, for instance, disability, age or ill health.

These will be complemented by around 30 community hubs, including library services, developed in partnership with local community groups who will also be given over £5,000 per year towards their running costs and access to a one-off grant of up to £15,000 for changes to buildings or equipment.

In addition, the authority is undertaking a competitive procurement to seek an external organisation to potentially deliver library services on its behalf, including the support for the community hubs. This follows an approach by Greenwich Leisure Limited, a not-for-profit organisation interested in running local libraries.

Because of the work involved in a competitive procurement, it is likely to take until the end of 2015 before a final decision is reached on who will run the service.

A 'deplorable' breach of trust, says CPS

Simon Reynolds, the Church of England vicar who defrauded his parish of over £16,000 was jailed for 32 months at Sheffield Crown Court today.

“It is hard to imagine a more deplorable and flagrant breach of trust than a vicar stealing money from his own parishioners. The offences he has committed are of an enormous significance considering the position of trust that Reynolds held within his community. The qualities one would most associate with his position -honesty, trust and integrity have been completely abandoned in an attempt to fund his lifestyle.

“These offences were further compounded when he absconded after his trial, triggering an extensive manhunt. The sentence handed down today sends a clear message that no-one is above the law, and we will prosecute all such cases robustly.”

– Caroline Tubb, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
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