Matthew Donmall, instructed by Suzanne White and Firdous Ibrahim of Leigh Day, represented the family of Caroline Pearson-Smith at the inquest into her death.
52-year-old Caroline had been managing her diagnosis of MS for many years, but had suffered a decline in her health. On 25th January 2016 an ambulance was called as she appeared very unwell. At St Peter’s Hospital, Surrey, she was prescribed phenytoin but shortly after suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. The coroner made a finding of neglect, as the amount of phenytoin prescribed and administered far exceeded a therapeutic dose.
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