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Nigerian doctor , Hadiza Bawa-Garba faces jail in UK over manslaughter
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Nigerian doctor , Hadiza Bawa-Garba faces jail in UK over manslaughter

A Nigerian medical  doctor, Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba who was in charge of treating six year old boy, Jack Adcock, and two nurses Isabel Amaro  and Theresa Taylor have all been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence for failures that led to the death of Jack Adcock at Leicester Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom.

Jack who had Down’s syndrome, was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011 suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea and later developed sepsis.

Portuguese-born nurse Isabel Amaro, 47, from Manchester, was found guilty of manslaughter after three days of deliberations at Nottingham Crown Court following a four-week trial.

Jack: The victim

Jack: The victim

During the trial, Amaro, who had worked with children for 20 years, accepted she breached her duty of care but denied that any of her failings significantly contributed to the youngster’s death.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 38, and nurse Theresa Taylor, 55, both of Leicester, are faced the same charge which they deny, claiming they acted properly in their care for Jack, of Glen Parva, Leicester.

Jack Adcock, who had Down’s syndrome, died of a cardiac arrest at Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011.

Jack, who had a heart condition, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and died from a cardiac arrest after sepsis was triggered by a bacterial infection about 11 hours later.

The trial has heard the boy’s death was caused by “serious neglect on the part of the doctor and the two nurses”.

They failed to recognise his body was “shutting down” due to sepsis and close to death, the prosecution claimed.

 

Nurse Amaro, who had worked with children for 20 years, accepted she breached her duty of care but denied any of her failings were criminally negligent or significantly contributed to the youngster’s death.

The prosecution had said Amaro’s record-keeping of the boy’s life signs, regarded by experts as basic nursing practice, had been “woefully inaccurate”.

The court was also told that Dr Bawa-Garba – who along with Ms Taylor denies the manslaughter charge – had mixed him up with another patient and mistakenly believed he had a “do not resuscitate” order.

She ordered resuscitation to start again a few minutes later, after another doctor checked the boy’s notes.

She previously told the court working without a break may have led to the mistake.

The prosecution has accepted Jack was already “past the point of no return” and resuscitation at that point was “futile”. The four persons have now been found guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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