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Inquest held into toddler who died after heart surgery in Bristol

The inquest is due to be held into the death of a 16 month old girl who died after heart surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Isabella Janew from Gloucester died after a procedure on her heart that her parents were told was routine. It's the 8th inquest into child cardiac deaths at the hospital.

Bereaved mother calls for change as inquest returns verdict on baby's death

Lacey-Marie Poton died at Bristol Children's Hospital at four months old. Credit: ITV News

The coroner has recorded a narrative verdict at the inquest into the death of a four-month-old baby from Bristol.

Lacey-Marie Poton's mother Emma Norley said she believes more could have been done to save her daughter, and that changes need to be made.

Lacey-Marie was born with a complex heart condition and died in July 2013 after surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital. In an emotional account of the events, Emma Norley told the hearing she thought her child was too sick to be sent home.

I am happy with the verdict but I'd like changes with the ambulance services and the hospital, because I don't want this happening to another child.

– Emma Norley, Lacey-Marie's mother

The hospital has responded to the verdict, reiterating that Lacey-Marie's condition was thoroughly assessed before she was discharged from hospital.

The coroner’s independent conclusion is that the cause of Lacey-Marie's subsequent sudden deterioration is unknown but she made no criticisms of the care Lacey-Marie received at the Bristol Children’s Hospital. We would like to reiterate our deepest condolences to her family.

– University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson

The ambulance service also responded, apologising for where the standards had fallen short.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust accepts the verdict given by the coroner. All of our clinicians strive to deliver the best possible care, with the patient and their family’s interests at the heart of everything they do. The Trust is very sorry that some elements of the care did not meet the high standards expected.

The Trust fully investigated the care given to Lacey and Ms Norley accepted the Trust’s apology and was satisfied with the remedial action that was taken in respect of this incident.

– South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust


Inquest hears mother's emotional account of baby's death at Bristol Children's Hospital

Lacey-Marie Poton died at Bristol Children's Hospital when she was four months old Credit: ITV News

An inquest has heard an emotional account from the mother of a four-month-old baby who lost her life at Bristol Children's hospital.

Lacey-Marie Poton was born with a complex heart condition and had 3 operations at Bristol. Her mother Emma Norley, who's from Fishponds, told the inquest this morning she felt her baby was too sick to be sent home.

Mother speaks of anguish as baby's inquest begins

The mother of a baby girl who died after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital has spoken of her anguish ahead of today's inquest into her daughter's death.

Four-month-old Lacey-Marie Poton suffered a cardiac arrest after she was discharged from hospital in July 2013.

Her mother Emma Norley, who's from Bristol, hopes the two-day inquest will shed light on her unanswered questions.

Katie Rowlett reports:

Inquest into death of 12-day-old baby Harley

Harley Pascoe was born with half a heart Credit: Family

An inquest will begin today into the death of a 12 day old baby at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Harley Pascoe was born with half a heart. His operation was cancelled five times because - his parents were told - he wasn't ill enough to need it urgently.

Harley is among 32 babies and children who have died on Ward 32 - Bristol Children's Hospital's cardiac unit


10-year-old boy falls at Cheddar Gorge

A boy had to be rescued after falling down steps at Cheddar Gorge Credit: PA

A 10 year old boy has been taken to hospital after a fall at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.

Emergency crews were called out at 5 o'clock yesterday after the boy fell ten feet down steps. Ropes and a stretcher were used to rescue him and he was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital with a suspected head injury and a broken leg.

Mother meets with hospital to discuss disabled parking

The mother of a severely disabled child is calling on a hospital trust to rethink its new parking arrangements after claiming she was turned away during a visit there.

Sandra Tomlinson-Cray says provision at Bristol Children's Hospital for people like her daughter is woefully inadequate. Her campaigning has now won her a meeting with the hospital's chief executive. Richard Payne reports.

Child heart patients given exercise prescriptions

Children with heart problems have often been given conflicting advice about whether they can exercise, and what type of activity is safe. But that's now changed.

The charity Heart Research UK has launched an exercise toolkit in Bristol, meaning young cardiac patients across the country can be given a prescription for the kind of physical activity that will suit them best. Ken Goodwin reports.

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