“It is now becoming clearer, If you’re in anyway disabled you stand a high chance of being neglected or abused in our NHS Hospital system, the poor child had Cerebral Palsy so the staff put her in a side room and left her to suffer on her own, her last few hours spent alone and most probably very frightened, who are these people who profess to be caring professionals”
Paul Smith – Atos Victims Group (Founder)
The parents of a 12-year-old NHS patient claim she was left for so long by staff that rigor mortis had set in by the time anyone realised she was dead.
But staff failed to diagnose a bacterial infection because they were too busy to carry out basic blood tests and neglected to check on her properly, an inquest has been told.
Her parents, Mike Stones and Tracy Futcher, claim Emma was left alone in a room at Tameside General Hospital, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, for hours without proper care and died overnight after developing blood poisoning without anyone realising.
Her father said that when they arrived at the hospital at 8.30am the next morning after being called there by staff, a doctor said: ‘Emma’s heart has just stopped, she has just died.’ But Mr Stones, 59, who was Emma’s full-time carer, said yesterday that by then she was already ‘stiff as a board’.
He added: ‘We are disgusted with Tameside hospital. They took a chance with my daughter and left her. They haven’t a clue when she died. I went to kiss her on the forehead and she was ice cold, as though she’d come out of a fridge.
‘I felt her limbs and she was as stiff as a board and they tried to insult my intelligence by saying she had just died. I believe she was left alone, not monitored, and died at maybe 3am and that’s how rigor mortis set in four or five hours later. How can they treat people like this? It’s worse than an animal.’
Last year an inquest revealed a catalogue of errors. Emma, who lived with her parents and twin sister Christina in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, was admitted to hospital on February 6, 2011, following concerns from the community nursing team.