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Heartbroken Family Plan to Sue Hospital Over Teenager's Death

The devastated family of a teenager who died after doctors failed to spot a fatal condition plan to sue Poole Hospital.

Hannah Kirby-Brewer, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, died after suffering terminal bowel ischemia.

An inquest heard the 13-year-old was admitted to Poole Hospital on June 17 after her parents noticed she was “not herself” and behaving “totally out of character”. The coroner was told she had a twisted bowel from birth but the condition worsened after a bout of sickness. She was assessed and taken to the paediatric ward where a number of doctors noted she was critically unwell.

The Winchester inquest heard evidence and statements from nine Poole Hospital staff, who were mostly in agreement that they thought she was suffering from either an infection or bowel blockage, but were unable to determine which without investigation.

After the inquest, Dutton Gregory’s Carol Maunder said: “The family were disappointed with the treatment of their daughter. Children with disabilities such as Hannah’s need to be managed differently to ordinary children. We are investigating a civil claim.”

If you are in a similar situation, Carol may be able to help you too.

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