Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toddler Died after THREE-DAY Wait for Vital Operation

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toddler Died after THREE-DAY Wait for Vital Operation

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A WHISTLEBLOWER has hit out after a toddler died after waiting three days for life-saving surgery.

Bosses at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital have admitted blunders which led to the death of Kayden Urmston-Bancroft after an urgent operation to repair a hernia, or hole in his diaphragm, was delayed.

But a surgeon at the hospital spoke out last night, saying the 20-monthold's death was an 'accident waiting to happen' due to chronic underresourcing.

Kayden, who lived in Stockport, had been born with a diaphragmatic hernia, but it was only discovered when the youngster was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital after falling and banging his face.

An x-ray showed that part of his bowel had burst through the hole in his diaphragm and he was transferred to RMCH for urgent surgery.

But three days later, Kayden was still waiting for his operation and went into cardiac arrest.

This was thought to have been caused by the organs squashed in his chest and putting too much pressure on his heart.

He was rushed to theatre, but tragically never regained consciousness and died shortly afterwards. Top surgeon Basem Khalil, a paediatric surgeon at the hospital, told the BBC that himself and colleagues had warned RMCH chiefs that the site was underresourced and that Kayden's tragic death was the result.

Grandmother Julie Rowlands, 44, said she and Kayden's mum, Shannon Bancroft, were repeatedly told that other emergencies were coming in and taking his place.

"We felt like he was just being left and he was in so much pain, we couldn't leave his side.

"We were begging them to transfer him somewhere that could do the operation, but they told us it wasn't as easy as that. …

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