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Court hears how resuscitation of six-year-old was mistakenly stopped

Jack Adcock died at Leicester Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News Central

A court has heard of the moment life-saving treatment of a six-year-old boy from Leicester was stopped - after a doctor mistakenly thought he was under a "do not resuscitate order".

Jack Adcock, who has Down's Syndrome, was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary and died hours after being admitted with sickness and diarrhoea in February 2011.

Medical staff were stopped from giving Jack life-saving treatment by Hadiza Bawa-Garba before the error was picked up by a junior doctor.

Dr Bawa-Garba, 38, and nurses Theresa Taylor, 55, and Isbael Amaro, 47, have been charged with manslaughter through gross negligence. All deny the charge.

The jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard a written statement from Claire Woodcock, one of the nurses on duty when Jack, of Glen Parva, was being treated.

She said: "I heard someone shout 'get the arrest team'. When I went into the room, the arrest team had arrived and had commenced CPR. "I initially tried to get Jack's parents out of the room but they said they wanted to stay."

She then said CPR was stopped before another member of medical staff came in and said "no, he's for everything".

Life-saving treatment was then resumed, but Jack died shortly afterwards. The prosecution said on Monday that the youngster was already past the "point of no return" but the confusion over the DNR order was "inexplicable".

Doctor Huw Miles wrote in a statement that Dr Bawa-Garba said she "knew the family" and said there was an "end of life" plan for Jack.

"I began flicking through the notes. There was nothing to suggest he should not receive full treatment," he said.

The jury has heard that Dr Bawa-Garba said she had mixed Jack up with another child she had been treating on the children's assessment unit who was subject to a DNR order but had been discharged earlier in the day.

The court heard the three members of hospital staff on trial will say their conduct was "appropriate".

The trial is expected to last up to five weeks.


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Boy 'would probably have survived if better care given'

Little Jack Adcock died hours after being admitted to hospital. Credit: ITV News

A six-year-old boy "probably would have survived" his illness if better care had been given to him by hospital staff, a court heard.

Little Jack Adcock, who had Down's syndrome, was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary with a lung infection - which led to sepsis and shock.

But prosecutors claim a "lack of care" from a doctor and two nurses led to his death hours later.

"If the defendants had recognised the severity of Jack's illness and the fact he was in shock, if they had reassessed him and acted on the findings, the risk of death would have been very greatly reduced," said prosecutor Andrew Thomas QC.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and nurses Theresa Taylor and Isabel Amaro deny manslaughter by gross negligence.

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