Anthony Collins Solictors completes three-day inquest into death of Freya Wells

Anthony Collins Solicitors has completed a three-day inquest into the death of four-year-old Freya Wells.

The coroner concluded that Freya died at Kingston Hospitals NHS Trust on 22 November 2012 where she had been admitted with respiratory distress. She then developed sepsis and died.

The coroner confirmed that there was no doubt that neglect, in terms of the medical treatment she should have received, played a major part in her death.

According to Anthony Collins Solicitors, the inquest made it clear that one doctor in particular grossly failed Freya, her family and her own colleagues by not recognising the severity of the child’s condition, which included signs of septic shock, until she spoke to an on-call consultant.

The inquest heard evidence that, in hindsight, the same doctor would have given intravenous antibiotics and a fluid bolus — procedures that medical experts confirmed would have saved Freya’s life.

The case centred on inadequate communication; the failure to recognise an obvious and escalating high-risk condition; and the taking of personal responsibility to ensure appropriate treatment and a specialist referral for a sick child.

The coroner confirmed that he would be writing to the General Medical Council recommending the suspension of the doctor in question pending a formal investigation.

The Anthony Collins Solicitors team will now consider next steps with Freya’s family in respect of any formal action they may wish to take against Kingston Hospital NHS Trust.

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