Inquest verdict: 7yr old Luke

The Coroner at the inquest of a 7 year old boy who died after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital has recorded a narrative verdict.

Luke Jenkins Inquest verdict

A seven year old boy who died after heart surgery suffered brain damage caused by cardiac arrest, an inquest has heard.

The coroner ruled there was no evidence that there had been any "gross failures" in the care Luke Jenkins received at Bristol Children's Hospital.

He had an operation to correct a heart defect but his family claim he failed to receive proper care.

Richard Morgan reports.

Luke died from irreversible brain damage

The inquest into the death of a 7 year old boy after surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital has found that there was no evidence of gross failure.

Luke Jenkins died in April last year after an operation to correct a heart defect. His family claim that he failed to receive proper after care.

The Avon Coroner Maria Voisin ruled that Lukedied from a combination of a brain injury, post-operative bleeding and a congenital heart defect.

Ms Voisin said she had the power to write a report to the hospital trust to "prevent future deaths" but did not consider it necessary in this case.

The family solicitor, Laurence Vick spoke to the media after the inquest at Avon Coroner's Court.

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Coroner records narrative verdict in child's death inquest

Luke Jenkins died just days after receiving heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital

The coroner has recorded a narrative verdict in the inquest into the death of a 7 year old who died at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Luke Jenkins died just days after receiving heart surgery at the hospital. The coroner stated "no evidence of any gross failure" led to his death.

Mother says surgeon failed to visit

Luke Jenkins' mother has told the inquest into her son's death that he died due to a lack of hospital staff on a bank holiday weekend.

Faye Valentine claimed Luke's surgeon failed to visit the 7 year old, who was born with half a heart, in the days after his operation at Bristol Children's Hospital.

She shook her head as the surgeon Serban Stoica told the inquest he had visited Luke's bedside three days after the op last March. The contact was not recorded in Luke's medical records.

The inquest at Flax Bourton, Bristol, continues

Dad says hospital staff seemed to panic

The father of a seven year old boy who died at Bristol Children's Hospital has questioned the care and staffing levels at the hospital.

Luke Jenkins died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

His father, Stephen, today accused staff of panicking when his son fell unconscious after heart surgery. He was giving evidence at the start of his son's inquest. Richard Payne reports.

Luke's father speaks of decision to turn off life support

A father has told an inquest of the moment he watched his young son die following complications from heart surgery.

Luke Jenkins, who had a congenital heart defect, died in April last year at Bristol Children's Hospital three days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Luke had undergone successful corrective surgery and was expected to make a full recovery.

His father Stephen Jenkins sent a written statement to the inquest into Luke's death which began today.

Several days after surgery, Luke began complaining of severe chest pains and suffered a cardiac arrest.

We believe it took between six and eight minutes before any proper alarms were raised and we were left holding an oxygen mask over his face.

There did not seem to be any organisation and everyone seemed to panic.

Eventually the resuscitation team arrived and one of the doctors seemed quite agitated and asked staff what had gone on.

We were then told that he was serious unwell and may not survive.

We were told his condition was extremely serious and his heart had stopped for 43 minutes and had caused serious damage to his brain.

– Stephen Jenkins, father of Luke who died at Bristol Children's Hospital

Between April 6 to 8, Luke remained in intensive care, with his family desperately hoping he would pull through.

Mr Jenkins said that he and his partner Faye Valentine took the decision to switch off their son's life support machine on April 9.

They had their son christened and cuddled him as he died.

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Father raises questions about Luke's care

The father of a seven year old boy who died at Bristol Children's Hospital has accused staff of panicking when his son fell unconscious after heart surgery.

Luke Jenkins died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest. His father, Stephen, today questioned the hospital's care, attention and staffing levels when giving evidence at the start of his son's inquest.

Luke Jenkins who died after heart surgery