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Parents' warning to other families

The parents of Lewis Mullins warn other parents to be vigilant on the day a coroner strongly criticises Rotherham's NHS Walk-In centre and the town's General Hospital over "missed opportunities" which could have saved the life of their one year-old boy.

Lewis Mullins died in April last year from pneumonia brought on by chicken pox. He was treated just for chicken pox and medical staff failed to diagnose an underlying bacterial infection.

Coroner Nicola Mundy recorded a narrative verdict and says she's considering writing to the Department of Health highlighting Lewis's case to try and prevent a similar tragedy.

"Missed opportunities" in baby death case

Coroner Nicola Mundy has recorded a narrative verdict of one year-old Lewis Mundy's death. At Rotherham Magistrates Court today, she said there were there "missed opportunities" at both the NHS Walk-in centres and Rotherham General Hospital, which could have saved his life.

Lewis had chicken pox but he had developed a secondary bacterial infection, which was missed by health professionals - despite repeated warnings from his mother. Antibiotics could have saved his life.


Verdict due

Rotherham coroner Nicola Mundy is about to deliver her verdict in the case of one year-old Lewis Mullins - who died after being sent home three times by doctors who missed a deadly infection.

The four-day hearing was told how Lewis was given anti-viral drugs and painkillers for chicken pox. But simple antibiotics would have saved his life. The youngster collapsed at home in April last year and died from pneumonia, which was likely to have been caused by the chicken pox.

Inquest into toddler's death

Lewis Mullins, who lived with his parents in Maltby, in Rotherham, died in April last after being seen by both an NHS Walk-In centre and twice at Rotherham Hospital in the three days before his death. He had been suffering from chickenpox.

Heather Kolar, a medical law specialist at Irwin Mitchell, representing Lewis' family, said: "His parents were distraught at losing Lewis just days after his first birthday. He had been suffering chicken pox but became more seriously ill in the days leading up to his death.

"His parents feel they have been told very little about what happened to Lewis and are seeking answers as to how he died."

The inquest is being held at Rotherham Magistrates Court and is due to finish today.


Lack of care contributed to grandmother's death

An inquest has found a lack of care contributed to the death of a 94 year old grandmother.

Molly Darby died four weeks after moving to The Beeches care home in Wath Upon Dearne near Rotherham in 2007. Her family say that within those four weeks she looked like a concentration camp victim.

At Rotherham Magistrates Court Coroner Nicola Mundy said:

I am not convinced the care staff claim to have given to Mrs Darby was in fact provided.

– Coroner Nicola Mundy

She went on to say that although Mrs Darby died of a chest infection she believed:

her nutritional status and mobility, both of which deteriorated at The Beeches, were contributory factors.

– Coroner Nicola Mundy

Inquest - day one

Warning: You may find some of the pictures and details in this report upsetting.

The family of a 94 year old grandmother who say she looked like a concentration camp victim just weeks after moving into a care home are hoping to find out just what led to her death.

Molly Darby's health deteriorated rapidly during her stay at the home in South Yorkshire and social services inspectors later found the home had been negligent.

An inquest has now begun to determine whether neglect did contribute to her death.

Molly Darby's family arrive at court

The family of a great grandmother from South Yorkshire say they hope an inquest into her death will provide some answers. The inquest opened at Rotherham Magistrates' Court today .

94 year old Molly Darby, who suffered from Alzheimer's, died in 2007 at Barnsley Hospital after spending four weeks at Beeches Care Home in Wath-on-Dearne.

The home denied any wrong-doing but a Rotherham Council Social Services investigation found Beeches to have been "negligent by omission" in its care of the pensioner. Mrs Darby's two sons say their mother looked like "a concentration camp victim" before she died.

Ray and Jim Darby took their fight for an inquest to the then Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, who gave his permission for it to be held to find out whether neglect played any part in Mrs Darby's death.

Since Molly's death, a new company - MHA - has taken over the care home.

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