An inquest into the death of four-year-old Caleb Smith from the Isle of Wight who died at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) on 24 March 2017 following a tonsillectomy procedure is scheduled to open at Winchester Coroners Court on 22 January 2018.
Caleb faced many challenges in his short life. At 14 months old he was diagnosed with liver disease, receiving a transplant two months later. Towards the end of March 2017 Caleb required a tonsillectomy, but given his medical history it was deemed safer to conduct the operation at UHS rather than locally on the Isle of Wight.
Caleb was admitted to the hospital’s Piam Brown ward (the regional paediatric oncology and haematology unit for Wessex) on 22 March 2017 so he could be nursed post-operatively in a low risk environment given his weakened immune system.
The operation took place on 23 March 2017 but Caleb had still not come round from the anaesthesia the following day. Tragically, his condition deteriorated rapidly and his life support was withdrawn.
‘The family are struggling to come to terms with the loss of their four- year-old son. They hope that the Inquest will provide them with an understanding of what happened during and after Caleb’s routine tonsillectomy procedure that led to his tragic death.’
Pictured above: Sue Prior, senior associate in Shoosmiths' medical negligence team.
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