Richard Booth QC, instructed by Rachel Heelis of Hodge Jones & Allen, acted for the parents of William Oscar Mead at an Inquest into his death before HM Coroner for Cornwall in Truro on Wednesday 10 June 2015.
William died tragically from septicaemia caused by a chest infection and bronchopneumonia on Sunday 14 December 2014. His family had recently celebrated his first birthday. He had had a cough for a prolonged period. William had last been seen by a doctor at about 4pm on Friday 12 December 2014. His parents had telephoned the GP Out of Hours service on Saturday 13 December 2014, but no home visit was offered to them, nor did the doctor insist on assessing William face-to-face. Professor Peter Fleming, an expert paediatrician called by the Coroner, said that William’s death could have been avoided had appropriate treatment been given as late as the night of Saturday 13 December.
The Coroner recorded that it was probable that William died as a result of natural causes.
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