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Boy of 6 died after 'do-not-resuscitate blunder' by doctor.


A DOCTOR halted attempts to save a young boy's life as she wrongly thought he was under a do-not-resuscitate order, a court heard.

Jack Adcock, six, went into cardiac arrest after going to hospital with sickness and diarrhoea. But Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 38, confused him with another boy, a jury was told.

She is also alleged to have diagnosed him with gastroenteritis when he had deadly infection sepsis - and other staff allegedly failed to spot the errors.

Prosecutor Andrew Thomas QC told Nottingham crown court: "Staff failed to give Jack the attention he needed."

Jack, of Glen Parva, Leics, died at Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011. The jury heard his parents Victor and Nicola had taken him to see their GP when he fell ill.

The boy, who has Down's syndrome, was immediately referred to hospital, where ward sister Theresa Taylor, 55, and nurse Isbael Amaro, 47, failed to flag him as a high-risk patient.

Dr Bawa-Garba is then alleged to have wrongly diagnosed him with gastroenteritis. All three did not realise he had sepsis.

When Jack later went into cardiac arrest, Mr Thomas said Dr Bawa-Garba "told the other doctors that Jack had been marked down as 'do not resuscitate' earlier in the day".

Mr Thomas said a junior doctor spotted the error, but attempts to resuscitate Jack were too late.

Mum Nicola said she even hugged Dr Bawa-Garba after her son died, adding: "I thought she'd looked after my son." Mr Thomas added: "The actions of the defendants robbed him of his chance; the probability of survival."

Dr Bawa-Garba and Ms Taylor, both of Leicester, and Ms Amaro, of Manchester, deny manslaughter through gross negligence.

The trial continues.


TRAGEDY Victim Jack and, far right, Dr Bawa-Garba

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 7, 2015
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