Drug error not to blame for Sheffield baby’s death

Hanna Faheem
Hanna Faheem

The family of a two-month-old baby who died after being given 10 times more morphine than intended is considering legal action – as a coroner ruled she died of natural causes.

Hanna Faheem, of Brightside, who was born in October 2012 with incurable chromosome condition Edward’s Syndrome, was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital with mum Naseem Akhtar on December 16 suffering breathing problems but died hours later.

Assistant coroner Louise Slater told the inquest bronchopneumonia and Edward’s Syndrome caused Hanna’s death.

She concluded: “Based on the evidence, the higher than intended dose of oromorph has not significantly caused or contributed to death and Hanna died of a natural cause.”

But Lucy Wells, of law firm hlw Keeble Hawson, said in a statement after the hearing: “Our client will be discussing with us the feasibility of pursuing a clinical negligence claim.

“Mrs Akhtar is understandably still devastated by the death and wants to ensure no other family has to go through similar grief and anguish. She remains deeply concerned about the circumstances that led to the death of her youngest child and the events which immediately followed.”

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Simon Morritt said: “Our condolences go out to the family.

“We accept the coroner’s conclusions and have reviewed our processes around secondary checking of controlled drugs.

“As recognised by the coroner, changes have been put in place. A more robust system means that only senior nurses can make these checks and further training has been implemented.”