Two-Year-Old's Death From Hydrocephalus Was 'Avoidable'

The death of a two-year-old from hydrocephalus has been described as “avoidable” by consultant paediatrician Dr Stephen Rose at an inquest in West London Coroner’s Court.

Alice Mason’s mother said on October 10th that she felt “let down by the system”, suggesting that the “shared care” Alice received at St George’s, Kingston and the Royal Marsden might be unsafe for very sick children.

In January 2011, Alice had a brain tumour removed, but on March 23rd, her condition began to deteriorate and her parents took her to Royal Marsden Hospital. She was later discharged, but as she was still sick, her parents took her to Kingston Hospital and requested a CT scan.

They complained that their pleas were not heeded, and the CT scan only occurred on March 26th, by which point Alice’s brain damage was deemed to be irreversible.

Dr Rose said that a consultant should have been told that Alice’s condition was worsening, and said if the CT scan had taken place initially, the infant would have been operated on. He pointed out that instead of shared protocols, shared care systems rely on phonecalls between doctors.

Alice died on March 30th 2011.

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