Nurse tells manslaughter jury she ‘considered dangers’ of hospital procedure

10-year-old Phoebe Willis died in 2012.

10-year-old Phoebe Willis died in 2012. - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.”

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The prosecution says Nash did not mean to kill Phoebe but her care was ‘criminally’ below the required standard.

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