Community support helped us through inquest, say Warminster parents

Steve and Yolanda Turner

Steve and Yolanda Turner

First published in Warminster by , Senior reporter for Trowbridge

After hearing for two weeks about mistakes made in the care of their son Sean, Steve and Yolanda Turner have spoken about the emotional turmoil of reliving his time at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children during the inquest into his death.

They said that listening to the “events leading up to Sean’s death in March 2012 from a brain haemorrhage had brought back painful memories of the period.

The inquest heard how nurses on Ward 32 could not remember who did what. Blood specialists were not properly involved in Sean’s care and staff failed to adequately monitor him for clotting. The couple said it was upsetting to hear the number of failings in his care and that some of the evidence that came out of the inquest was “shocking”.

Mrs Turner, a mother of seven, including Sean, said: “It was extremely difficult going through the inquest two years on, it brought it all back.

“Calendar-wise the verdict ended up being two years to the day we had the call asking us to bring him in, which was ironic.”

“The thing that really hit me hard was the fact that Sean’s surgeon Mr Parry hadn’t reviewed Sean from surgery on January 25 till after his cardiac arrest on February 16.

“I was shocked to find out that he had not reviewed him at all in that period. Sean wasn’t doing well and you would think you would review your patient. Out of everything that was the hardest to take.”

Their other children are Matthew, 25, Luke, 24, Daisy, 23, Joe, 17, Emily, 12, and Jennifer, four.

They said they have had lots of support from the community, especially from the Minster Church and Minster School, while their children have coped well with the inquest.

Mrs Turner said: “Our children have had stability, just going to school every day doing their normal things.

“They have been fine and they have coped remarkably well with the whole thing, both losing Sean and the inquest. He was a huge part of our lives and everyone misses him terribly, but they are coping well and the schools are all reporting that they have been doing well, which is good to hear.

“We have had so many messages of support throughout the inquest and I think it’s that support that really carries you through.”

Minster School, which has a playhouse built by carpenter Mr Turner in Sean’s memory in its grounds, will hold another fundraising event for Sean in March.

The Turners remember Sean in their own special way.

Mrs Turner said: “We made special memory boxes for Sean and we have those in our bedroom, so he’s that much closer to us. We have a big Spiderman trunk in our bedroom, a nice wooden painted one, with special things of his. We were in bits doing it and it makes us emotional to talk about it.”

 

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