Nurse tells manslaughter jury she ‘considered dangers’ of hospital procedure
PUBLISHED: 13:50 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:53 12 July 2016
Jurors have retired this morning (Tuesday) to consider whether a North Somerset nurse is guilty of manslaughter.
Carrie-Anne Nash, of Tansy Lane in Portishead, denies one count of manslaughter after the death of Phoebe Willis at Weston General Hospital in 2012.
Phoebe had to be fed by a tube, which Nash was called to the hospital to replace. But it was not inserted correctly, and Phoebe died of an infection.
Nash, aged 34, said she kept a doctor on the ward informed of Phoebe’s progress.
She also said she took one last go of re-inserting the tube because Phoebe’s mum, Heather, asked her to.
Giving evidence, Nash said: “I did consider there were dangers in trying again, but I only tried once.
“I felt it was appropriate because at this point, Phoebe was more relaxed and a big part in changing buttons is having a child who is relaxed.”
The prosecution says Nash did not mean to kill Phoebe but her care was ‘criminally’ below the required standard.
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