Mother pays heart-wrenching tribute to 10-year-old son killed by fatal drug at Queen Elizabeth Hospital during inquest

Thomas Warren died of Fentanyl toxicity and overdose at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2008

Thomas Warren died of Fentanyl toxicity and overdose at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2008

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A mother last week paid a heart-wrenching tribute to her son who was killed by a drug overdose at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Jane Warren told the court during the inquest into the death of her 10-year-old son, he “could charm the birds out of the trees” before coroner Dr Andrew Harris ruled Fentanyl toxicity and overdose to be the cause of his death.

Thomas, who suffered from both cerebral palsy and scoliosis, was rushed to the hospital where he died in November 2008 following a reaction to the drug prescribed by Dr Lewis Ingram following extensive hip surgery.

In a statement parents Benjamin and Jane said: “Our family feel we have been robbed of a future with our son, Tom. If it hadn't been for the failures of Dr Ingram, the pharmacy and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, our son would still be at the heart of our family.

“It has been a long, gruelling process which seems to have afforded Dr Ingram protection all the way through with little consideration for our family.

“Our only hope is that the lessons learned as a result of our beloved son’s death prevent another family experiencing the pain we have.”

At the time Thomas, born 4 October 1998, was prescribed the fatal drug Mrs Warren witnessed Dr Ingram arguing with the pharmacist who protested prescribing the medication to the child.

Mrs Warren called 999 upon checking up on her sleeping son to find his lips had turned blue and he had stopped snoring.

The parents were then told their beloved son would not survive by hospital staff and the ventilator was subsequently turned off.

Dr Ingram was ruled unfit to attend the hearing by his psychiatrist in a report which concluded he was ‘capable of instructing his lawyer but lacked the capacity to attend the hearing as it may become stressful’.

Malcolm Fortune of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust issued a public apology to Mr and Mrs Warren of Park Drive, Greenwich for the tragic loss of their son.

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3:24pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Bevangirl says...

Surely, this should never have happened. My condolences go out to Mr and Mrs Warren on their sad and tragic loss. Losing a child is dreadful and nobody can know what parents go through unless it's experienced. It's bad enough when it happens through an accident - but by something that could have been avoided - unacceptable!
Surely, this should never have happened. My condolences go out to Mr and Mrs Warren on their sad and tragic loss. Losing a child is dreadful and nobody can know what parents go through unless it's experienced. It's bad enough when it happens through an accident - but by something that could have been avoided - unacceptable! Bevangirl
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7:40pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Noddyblanket says...

So sorry for your loss, absolutely heartbreaking x
So sorry for your loss, absolutely heartbreaking x Noddyblanket
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7:44pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Noddyblanket says...

Also a pharmacist saved my grandads life by refusing to dispense the combination of medicine he had been prescribed. When I went to collect it he told me it would kill him... On seeking a second opinion he was right. Despite complaints nothing was really done about it ....
Also a pharmacist saved my grandads life by refusing to dispense the combination of medicine he had been prescribed. When I went to collect it he told me it would kill him... On seeking a second opinion he was right. Despite complaints nothing was really done about it .... Noddyblanket
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9:15pm Mon 18 Aug 14

moggy80 says...

He can' attend the hearing as it might become stressful?
What about the parents?
He can' attend the hearing as it might become stressful? What about the parents? moggy80
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7:24am Tue 19 Aug 14

molsey says...

So what's been done about Dr Ingram?
So what's been done about Dr Ingram? molsey
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6:29am Fri 22 Aug 14

vanessa235 says...

This man needs to be tortured and i for one want to see him suffering to the end. He murdered my Daughter Ayesha Louise Wyatt in 2007 aged ten. I can sympathise with the parents for what he has put us through. He robbed me of the only family i had and destroyed my health. Vanessa Bright-Williams
This man needs to be tortured and i for one want to see him suffering to the end. He murdered my Daughter Ayesha Louise Wyatt in 2007 aged ten. I can sympathise with the parents for what he has put us through. He robbed me of the only family i had and destroyed my health. Vanessa Bright-Williams vanessa235
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