hlw Keeble Hawson, the lawyers acting for the parents of three-year-old Mylee Ward, who died of dehydration in Chesterfield Royal Hospital, confirm that the couple are planning legal action following a coroner’s verdict that neglect contributed to their daughter’s death.
Coroner Robert Hunter told Mylee’s parents Terrina-Ann Laughton and Kevin Ward at an inquest in Chesterfield that basic medical checks were not carried out when Mylee was admitted to the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department last March.
Rebecca Coe, a clinical negligence solicitor at hlw Keeble Hawson, said: "Following the coroner’s ruling we are now advising our clients on making a formal complaint against Dr Mushfiku Rahman to the General Medical Council and also in pursuing a civil claim in clinical negligence."
Mylee, who suffered from a rare brain disorder, died last March after she was seen in the hospital’s A&E department by Dr Mushfikur Rahman. The inquest heard that Dr Rahman failed to carry out blood or urine tests and Mylee was later sent home where her condition deteriorated. The coroner told Mylee’s parents: "Had she been admitted and fluids given, on balance, she would have survived."
Mrs Coe added: "The family have suffered such an immense loss of their beautiful, 'bubbly, happy and giggly child'. This is a tragic case, which no one expects to come across in a modern British A&E department and which must never happen again. The inquest has brought back distressing memories for Mylee’s parents and they have asked for privacy at what is a very emotional time for the whole family.”