Boy, 3, died of heart problems after vital scans delay

A coroner has recorder a narrative verdict into the death of three-year-old Samuel Starr. A new NHS system "failed" to schedule him for vital scans.

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Coroner records narrative verdict in toddler's death

A Coroner has recorded a narrative verdict into the death of toddler Samuel Starr, after a computer failure led to the boy's death.

A view of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Concluding a three-day inquest at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court in North Somerset,Avon Coroner Maria Voisin said: "Samuel Starr was born with a complex cardiac disease.

"He required surgery and regular check-ups at outpatients to manage his conditions.

"Due to the failure of the hospital outpatients booking system, there was a five month delay in Samuel being seen and receiving treatment.

"Samuel's heart was disadvantaged and he died following urgent surgery."

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