Parents launch petition calling for fresh investigation into the death of two-month-old Ben
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 August 2017
Parents from Weston-super-Mare are calling on politicians to investigate their baby’s death, as they believe there are still questions over how he was treated in hospital
Two-month-old baby Ben Condon was rushed to Bristol Children’s Hospital in 2015 when he developed a cough and had trouble breathing.
He died six days later and his parents Allyn and Jenny Condon were told he died from a cold, made worse by the fact he was born prematurely. Seven weeks later, the couple were told he also had a sepsis condition – a serious infection.
The couple say there are still questions over how their son died and the treatment he received.
They have set up a petition, which has so far collected 2,000 signatures, calling on the Government to investigate.
Mr Condon said: “I don’t think this is something we will ever give up.”
The uncertainty over how Ben died was made worse by the fact they learned they had been given inaccurate information about blood tests.
When doctors met with the couple to discuss Ben’s death, both parties agreed to record the meeting.
But when the parents stepped out, doctors continued to talk before realising they were still being taped – and they then debated deleting that part of the conversation.
An independent report said this bolstered the parents’ belief there had been a cover-up.
Despite Ben’s parents being told he had sepsis, at an inquest, held a year after Ben’s death, doctors told the coroner there was little evidence to show he was suffering from an infection and said he had died from a cold.
Mr Condon said: “We have been told one thing at a meeting and another at the inquest.
“I think something needs to be reviewed at a higher level away from the hospital from start to finish.
“Neither of us has had the opportunity to grieve for Ben.”
The hospital says it has already made changes to how it supports parents whose children die suddenly in its care.
A hospital spokesman said: “We have tried hard to give comprehensive answers to Ben’s parents about the circumstances of his sad death at the Bristol Children’s Hospital in 2015 and our subsequent interactions with them.
“We are truly sorry Mr and Mrs Condon remain so severely dissatisfied with our responses.
“We regret that we are unable to comment further on their allegations as we have been notified of a legal claim.”