Davies and Partners’ Chief Executive and Head of Medical Negligence Ewan Lockhart has been acting for the family of 13-year-old Martha Mills, who tragically died of sepsis while being treated at King’s College Hospital (KCH) in South London, following an injury to her pancreas.
Martha Mills was taken to KCH having sustained injuries in a fall from her bike while on holiday in Wales last year. She was transferred to the south London hospital because it is one of three national centres for the care of children with pancreatic trauma.
At the recent case inquest, held at St Pancras coroner’s court, north London, the Senior Coroner Mary Hassell, found that had Martha been transferred to the KCH’s paediatric intensive care from the Hospital’s Ray of Sunshine ward earlier during her treatment, she would have likely survived.
The Senior Coroner was concerned that there was still a risk of death for paediatric liver patients at KCH and made regulation 28 Prevention of Future Death Report.
The inquest heard that following Martha’s death, KCH was making changes to its procedures including improving diagnostics and taking account of parents’ views.
The full details of Martha Mills case and the evidence heard by the inquest can be found in the Case report in The Guardian.
The thoughts of Ewan and all the staff at Davies and Partners, are with Martha’s family and friends.