22 June 2016
UH Bristol's response to Ben Condon inquest
We are very sad that Ben Condon died in our care. It is
particularly sad when a baby who is only a few weeks old, such as
Ben, dies. It is a tragedy for the parents and family, and brings
great sadness to our nurses and doctors who want to do their best
for every child treated at the hospital.
Ben was admitted to our children's intensive care unit during
the early hours of 11th April 2015 with ongoing respiratory
problems and died on 17th April. An inquest into
the death took place at Avon Coroner's Court on 21st and
22nd June 2016.
The coroner listened carefully to all the evidence, from
hospital consultants and from an independent expert, and found that
Ben died due to viral bronchiolitis which was caused by human
metapneumovirus, the trigger for Acute Respiratory Distress
Syndrome. It was the effects of this condition which led to his
catastrophic deterioration and death on 17th April
In her summing up, the Coroner confirmed that antibiotics,
prescribed on the day Ben died, should have been given earlier that
day, although she was clear this would have made no difference to
We extend our condolences to Ben's family.
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