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Court slams baby death.

A COUPLE'S faith in alternative medicine led to the death of their six month old son, an inquest heard yesterday.

Cameron Ayres died from a hereditary condition which caused severe nappy rash and a swelling of his liver and stomach.

But Coroner Alison Thompson said: "With conventional medicine it would have been diagnosed and the child could have expected a normal life span."

Homeopath Rita McGovern said she begged Cameron's dad, osteopath Jeremy Ayres, to take him to a doctor. Two weeks later the child was dead.

Mr Ayres, of Thames Ditton, Surrey, said he and wife Sylvie put the child's crying down to "teething".

Verdict: Natural causes.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2000
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