The inquest into the death of Warminster boy Sean Turner at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children continued at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court today.
Consultant paediatric intensivist Sarah-Louise Hulme was due to give evidence in court, but was unable to attend due to travel problems, resulting in her evidence being pushed back until tomorrow.
Instead, the inquest heard read witness statements from Dr Will Marriage and Dr Margrid Schindler, both consultants in paediatric intensive care at the hospital, and Dr Ian Jones, specialist registrar in paediatric surgery.
Four-year-old Sean was admitted to hospital for vital corrective heart surgery in January 2012 but died in March, six weeks later, from a brain haemorrhage shortly after a cardiac arrest.
His parents, Steve and Yolanda Turner, argue failings at Ward 32 contributed to his death, and that the investigations which followed the fatality are contradictory and inadequate.
Mrs Turner told the inquest on Monday the decision to move her son from the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit to Ward 32 was the “worst decision ever made for Sean”.
She said that she and Mr Turner had repeatedly begged for Sean to stay in intensive care, adding: “He had too many needs to be on Ward 32.”
The inquest heard that during his time on Ward 32, Sean had become so dehydrated that he sucked on wet wipes for the moisture.
The inquest continues.