An Indian-born nurse has been charged with negligent manslaughter following the death of a seven-year-old boy, James Dwerryhouse, at the UK’s largest children’s hospital in 2016.
James Dwerryhouse died of a catastrophic brain injury in 2016. A year after James’ tragic death, the victim’s family took legal action against HCA Healthcare UK.
The victims’ family said James was full of life, cheeky, fun, happy and sometimes mischievous like all young boys, but he had health issues and needed a lot of medical support as a child.
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Death of James Dwerryhouse
James Dwerryhouse died in August 2016. He had gone to a private children’s hospital for a colostomy pouch operation. The operation was successful, but he lost his life due to the negligence of hospital staff.
According to reports, James suffered catastrophic brain damage due to cardiac arrest after his breathing monitor was turned off for nearly three hours.
He had several other health issues, including gastrointestinal issues (he had to be tube fed), epilepsy, visual and hearing impairments. Additionally, he suffered from sleep apnea, which can lead to life-threatening respiratory arrest.
According to James’ father, John Dwerryhouse, he was energetic and playing with his Playmobil figures after a successful operation with a colostomy bag.
On the night of August 25, 2016, eight staff and agency workers were providing overnight care to six children.
In an interview with The Guardian, the family’s legal representative, Hudgell’s lawyers, claimed workers have since provided conflicting stories about what happened.
According to the hospital’s serious incident report, a staff member removed James’ monitoring equipment at 1:15 a.m. without consulting a more senior employee.
There were also reports of staff taking night breaks that exceeded the time allowed by hospital regulations.
The investigation revealed errors in the documentation of events, including the failure to record sightings of James throughout the night.
The audio alerts were reportedly turned off when staff reconnected James’ monitoring equipment at 3.58am. There is uncertainty about how long it took the person to call for help.
Anuradha Bhupathiraju Arrest and Indictment
An Indian-born nurse, Anuradha Bhupathiraju, 62, recently appeared in court. Bhupathiraju has been charged with killing seven-year-old James Dwerryhouse at a private children’s hospital in the UK.
Anuradha Bhupathiraju has been loaded with grossly negligent manslaughter following the death of the young boy.
Now the nurse has been charged. Anuradha, who had over thirty years of experience, allegedly caused James’s death by turning off his monitor without the permission of a doctor.
Bhupathiraju appeared for a brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and confirmed his name, address and date of birth. The nurse has been released on bail and will appear at Southwark Crown Court next month, Daily Mail reported.
Who was James Dwerryhouse? Wikipedia and age
James Dwerryhouse was a child who died after a nurse allegedly turned off his breathing monitor for almost three hours.
As mentioned above, he had gone to one of the famous hospitals for a colostomy pouch operation when the tragedy unfolded. James was preparing to move into a new class at school at the time of his death.
James Dwerryhouse’s parents, John and Marguerite, filed a lawsuit against the hospital in 2017. The victim’s mother said that although he needed a lot of medical attention, he was full of life, funny, cheeky and sometimes mischievous like other young children.
“Everyone loved him, from his school to those who supported his health,” James’ mother added. The operation was a success. The heartbroken parents said losing their precious baby simply to the negligence of hospital staff is something they cannot and will never accept.
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