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Amie's stepdad: I agonise over her death
7:40am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
THE stepdad of Amie Miller has hit out at the care she received and wonders if he should have driven her to another hospital on the night he took her in.
Mbarak Aitmarri and Amie’s mother Sonia Aitmarri have had to wait five years to learn of the failures by hospital staff which led to their daughter’s death.
Amie had ambitions of going to university and becoming a paediatrican.
Mr Aitmarri, 47, of Stanford-le-Hope, has agonised over whether he should have taken Amie to another hospital and, if he had, whether she would still be alive now.
He said: “There’s always been questions. “From day one we’ve had suspicions of how the doctors and nurses were acting. “We’ve asked questions, but they’ve been put from one side to another, with people saying ‘it’s not my repsonsibility’”.
“There was very good reason for those suspicions – the answers to our questions didn’t come and still aren’t coming.
“There was every opportunity to save her when she was taken to hospital. “These are systematic failures. We feel our daughter has been treated as collateral damage and there’s no real recognition of our loss.
“It’s sad the death of a child just becomes a statistic to the hospital.”
Speaking after the jury had delivered its narrative verdict, the couple said they were “grateful and relieved”. Mr Aitmarri said the inquest only came about after the family and its solicitors submitted a letter with 81 separate allegations of negligence, in June 2011.
Mr Aitmarri added: “It has taken five years to reach this stage and, if our concerns had been addressed sooner, perhaps other people’s lives could have been saved.
“Procedures have not changed in five years – the inquest heard basic neurological checks are still not carried out as standard. “It is this that worries us most.”
Tim Spring, one of the family’s solicitors, said there are still lessons to be learnt. He added: “There’ll be further steps taken by the family as there are running concerns with procedures at the hospital. “I would recommend to the trust it gets a copy of the transcript and sees what it can learn from this.”
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