Dead boy’s family left in the dark

Richard De Souza
The family of an eight-year-old boy who died just hours after been sent home from Portlaoise Hospital’s A&E have been kept in the dark regarding a ‘review’ following hospital concerns after his death.

The family of an eight-year-old boy who died just hours after been sent home from Portlaoise Hospital’s A&E have been kept in the dark regarding a ‘review’ following hospital concerns after his death.

The HSE this week told the Leinster Express that “concerns were identified and are being reviewed with the relevant clinical specialities with Hospital management.”

But the family’s solicitor described the statement as ‘interesting’ and said Flavia and Ralmon da Souzas have never been informed that Richard’s death raised any concerns with Portlaoise hospital.

“No such concerns either with the hospital’s procedure or personnel where made known to Flavia and Ralmon, Anne Nowlan said.

She said Richard’s parents would welcome any review carried out.

“Flavia and Ralmon would welcome any review carried out and more importantly would be anxious to learn about the outcome,” she said.

The HSE refused to outline changes the hospital had put in place to ensure there would not be a repeat of the 2011 death.

They also refused to release details of their apology and said it was provided by the State Claims Agency on behalf of the hospital.

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