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Posted on 23rd March 2017

Family receive £100,000 for death of little boy

The parents of Luke Jenkins have been awarded £100,000 in compensation following the death of their seven-year-old son at Bristol’s Children’s Hospital.

Luke Jenkins died from a cardiac arrest just days after heart surgery at the hospital in March 2012.

The operation on little Luke’s heart was to fix a congenital heart defect. Following the operation, he was discharged from intensive care to ward 32. He went on to develop a bleed on his chest and was taken back to the operating theatre. He was then returned to the ward, rather than intensive care.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman found “missed opportunities in his care”. Including staff misleading Luke’s parents into thinking ward 32 was a high dependency unit.

Whilst on the ward, the report say that staff failed to recognise Luke’s deterioration and didn’t admit him back to intensive care.

Ms Valentine, Luke’s mum, said: "This has been going on for five years, a battle for the truth that's all we've ever asked from them, all we've ever wanted.”

In a statement the chief executive of University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We fully accept, however, that there were failings in the care and treatment we gave him and we also accept that we compounded the pain and grief of his family by giving incorrect and incomplete information in response to their complaint. 

"We are deeply sorry for everything we got wrong."

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