Mum slams hospital care her baby received before death

Hayley Fullarton, who died in 2009 Photo: Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

A coroner has begun summing up in the case of a one year old girl who died at Birmingham Children's Hospital in 2009.

Hayley Fullerton was flown to Birmingham from her home in Belfast for an operation to treat a condition called Pulmonary Astresia - there was a blockage that restricted blood flow from her heart to her lungs.

The operation was a success and after eighteen days in intensive care Hayley was moved to a children's ward.

She suffered two collapsed lungs in subsequent days and died of a heart attack on November 11.

Arriving at court to hear the Coroner's verdict her mother Paula Stevenson slammed the care Hayley received on the ward. "The aftercare was an absolute disgrace," she said.

"They failed to pick up on signs of heart failure, they failed to pick up on respiratory distress. We watched her die like an abandoned animal - we were begging for help."

– Mother Paula Stevenson

The family suffered further tragedy two years later when Paula's mother Sylvia Stevenson killed herself in November 2011.

According to Paula she wrote in a suicide note that Birmingham Children's hospital had taken Hayley away from her."We are all mad with grief.

All we wanted was to understand what had happened.

Mummy kept saying 'where's the humanity'."