09 January 2015
Trust response to coroner’s ruling at the inquest into the death of Lacey-Marie Poton
All quotes attributable to a spokesperson for University
Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust:
"Lacey-Marie was diagnosed before birth with complex congenital
heart disease and was treated several times at both St Michael's
Hospital and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
"Shortly before she died at the age of 4 months, Lacey-Marie
underwent a cardiology procedure and was discharged home the next
day after a thorough review by clinical staff. She returned to the
emergency department later that day suffering from the symptoms of
gastroenteritis but was not suffering from any complications as a
result of her cardiac condition. After comprehensive clinical
assessment and observation, clinical staff judged there was no need
to admit her to hospital and she was discharged home.
"The coroner's independent conclusion is that the cause of
Lacey-Marie's subsequent sudden deterioration is unknown but she
made no criticisms of the care Lacey-Marie received at the Bristol
Children's Hospital. We would like to reiterate our deepest
condolences to her family."
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