When newborn baby Padraig Henry was taken to Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool for surgery on a perforated bowel, his family were not informed of the increased risk of an E.coli outbreak. Although the procedure was classified as non-urgent, doctors proceeded with the surgery, putting the infant at risk of contracting the superbug. Padraig passed away 8 days later when his parents took the decision to switch off his life support machine.
Heartbroken Colin Henry has vowed to speak out about the case to raise awareness for other parents who may find themselves in a similar situation. The Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust admitted breach of duty, and paid compensation to the family, but Mr. Henry says it was never about the money. He told the Belfast Telegraph [https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/family-fight-for-apology-over-hospital-death-of-11week-old-baby-35215052.html] that an apology would have been sufficient.
Instead, Mr. Henry and his partner were left to face the aftermath of their child’s death alone. At the inquest, no representative from Alder Hey attended until they were summonsed to do so by the coroner.
This is not the first time that Alder Hey has received unfavourable publicity. In 2013 the Care Quality Commission revealed that the hospital had failed to meet 4 out of their 5 safety standards, putting patient welfare at risk. Then in 2014 Channel 4 news saw a copy of an internal review that pointed to safety concerns in the running of the hospital’s operating theatres, leading to a high risk environment.
Mr. Henry maintains that, had the family been told of the risks posed by the potential E.coli outbreak at Alder Hey, his son would never have been allowed to be transferred to the hospital.
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