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Baby suffered 'rare complication' when choking

The nine-month-old baby who died after choking on food at her nursery had suffered from a rare complication during the incident, a coroner has said.

Millie Thompson was nine months old when she died Credit: PA

An inquest at Oldham Magistrates' Court ruled that Millie Thompson died of misadventure when she choked on shepherd's pie during lunch at the nursery in Manchester in October last year.

An expert witness in paediatrics told the inquest that the only effective treatment would have been a medical procedure where a needle is inserted to the chest.

Paramedics are trained to carry out the procedure, but the coroner said that it would have been difficult to make the correct diagnosis in such a young child and nursery staff could not be criticised for not recognising the condition.

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Baby death coroner calls for nursery first aid training

All nursery school staff should undergo paediatric first aid training, a coroner has said at the inquest of nine-month-old Millie Thompson.

All nursery school staff should undergo paediatric first aid training, a coroner has said. Credit: PA

The inquest heard that when Millie began coughing during her feed, the nursery supervisor - whose basic first aid certificate had expired - shouted for help and a colleague with paediatric first aid training proceeded to give the child back slaps.

While the inquest ruled that Millie suffered from a rare complication and nursery staff could not be criticised for not recognising the condition, coroner John Pollard called on the Government to make paediatric first aid training mandatory for all nursery school staff.

Mr Pollard said that he would write to the Education Secretary Michael Gove to ask that all nursery staff have such training, "as a matter of national importance".

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Millie jury to consider verdict

Millie Thompson Credit: Thompson family

The coroner at the inquest into the death of a nine month old baby girl who choked at nursery in Cheadle Hulme will begin his summing up today.

The inquest has heard how Millie Thompson choked on a piece of mash potato on her third day at Ramillies Hall Nursery.

Millie's parents, Joanne and Daniel, say they want to know how the tragedy could have happened.

The jury is expected to be sent out to consider their verdict later.

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Paramedics "stood little chance" of saving choking baby

The parents of a nine-month-old baby who choked to death on her third day at nursery have been told that staff and paramedics stood little chance of saving her.

Millie Thompson was being fed mashed up shepherd's pie by a nursery supervisor when she began to struggle to breathe.

One expert has told how the little girl suffered a rare event that required specialist knowledge and treatment.

Inquest into baby who choked at nursery resumes

Millie Thompson Credit: ITV Granada

The inquest into the death of a 9 month old baby girl who choked to death at her nursery is due to resume this morning.

Millie Thompson was on her fourth day at Ramillies Hall Nursery in Cheadle Hulme when she began to struggle with her breathing

The inquest into her death has heard how staff tried to save her but by the time she arrived at hospital her heart had stopped beating.

The little girl had choked on the cottage pie she was being fed.

Inquest into the death of a baby at nursery

A mother is demanding to know how her nine month old daughter choked to death at a nursery in Greater Manchester.

Joanne Thompson's baby Millie had been at Ramillies Hall nursery in Cheadle Hulme only a few days when she choked on her lunch.

The inquest into her death has heard how staff tried to save her but by the time she arrived at hospital her heart had stopped beating.

Our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue, has been at the hearing:

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