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Parents of baby Ben will 'continue to seek the truth'

The parents of a premature baby from Weston-super-Mare have said they will "continue to seek for the truth" following an inquest into his death.

Ben Condon's mum and dad have released this video of him, taken during his too short life:

  • 17 February 2015 Ben Condon was born at 29 weeks at Southmead Hospital in Bristol
  • He spent seven weeks in the paediatric intensive care unit
  • 7 April 2015 Ben came home with his parents - Olympic sprinter Allyn Condon and his wife Jenny
  • Two days later Ben started coughing and sneezing and was taken to Weston General Hospital
  • 10 April 2015 Ben was transferred to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children after becoming lifeless and struggling to breathe
  • 3pm 17 April 2015 Ben was prescribed antibiotics
  • 8pm 17 April 2015 Antibiotics were administered - by then Ben had suffered a cardiac arrest
  • 9.07pm 17 April 2015 Ben died having suffered a second cardiac arrest after developing acute respiratory distress syndrome

Ben's parents believe he should have been given antibiotics sooner but Avon Coroner's Court heard this would not have prevented it.

Maria Voisin, senior coroner for Avon, recorded a narrative conclusion, following a two day verdict. She said Ben's death was caused by acute respiratory distress syndrome, hMPV and prematurity.

The family disagree. They believe Ben died from sepsis and the paperwork seems to back this up.

The review lists sepsis as a cause of death, not given at the inquest Credit: ITV News

Mr Condon, said the family were considering what further action to take. They feel badly treated and say staff were dismissive of them, saying Ben just had a cold.

"We still have many unanswered questions and continue to seek for the truth. "The picture that has emerged from the inquest is still a very confusing one.

In over a year of meetings and correspondence with the trust we were never given a consistent account of what happened during Ben's treatment.

There are clear inconsistencies that need to be resolved.

Our quest for the truth continues. We are haunted by the fact that if Ben had been treated any differently Ben would still be with us today."

– Allyn Condon, Ben's father

It has destroyed us. It destroyed me losing Ben but this has destroyed me even more. They are evil.

– Jenny Condon, Ben's mother
Credit: Family