Coroner rules on toddler's death

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 October 2011

Lucas Wellstead

Lucas Wellstead

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A CORONER has ruled that neglect contributed to the death of a Weston toddler.

A two-day inquest has been held into the death of Lucas Wellstead, who died on January 20, 2010, just hours after being sent home from Weston General Hospital.

The two-year-old was assessed by medical staff at the hospital’s Seashore Centre but was later discharged after meningitis tests proved negative. He later died from septicaemia and pneumonia.

Concluding the inquest into the death of Lucas Wellstead, Avon Coroner Maria Voisin reached a verdict of natural causes contributed to by neglect.

Ms Voisin said: “I considered that there was a gross failure in relation to the provision of basic medical attention given to Lucas on January 20, 2010, specifically that in not repeating the observations during Lucas’ stay at the hospital.

“This amounted to a total and complete failure.

“The gross failure identified on the balance of probability contributed to Lucas’ death.”

* For the full story pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury.

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