A Nigerian trained doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba was on Wednesday found guilty of causing the death of a 6-year-old boy by gross negligence. She was accused of truly, exceptionally bad treatment which led to the death of Jack Adcock, a boy with Down’s Syndrome and a known heart condition, in 2011.
The prosecution claimed the medical team at the hospital robbed Jack Adcock of his chance of survival when he was admitted to hospital. He was admitted suffering from vomiting and diarrhea and later developed sepsis…
A jury of 6 men and 6 women took 5 days to find Dr Bawa-Garba, 38, guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence by a majority verdict of 10-2. The prosecution said Jack died after a series of failings by medical staff, including Bawa- Garba’s failure to discharge her duty as the responsible doctor.
Prosecutor Andrew Thomas QC said: “In short, she neglected her duty to care for Jack. It was not just a momentary lapse. Jack’s care was neglected over a protracted period of time: her failings were compounded by a failure to go back and reassess Jack despite clear indications that his underlying condition was continuing..
These were not just simple breaches of duty, but really serious breaches amounting to gross negligence.” She failed to recognize that Jack was suffering from septic shock and when he collapsed, she momentarily stopped life-saving treatment after mistakenly believing he was under a “do not resuscitate” order. .
The error was picked up by a junior doctor after CPR was stopped for around a minute. Nottingham Crown Court heard that Bawa-Garba had confused Jack for another patient she had treated earlier in the day, in what prosecutor Mr Thomas described during his opening as a “remarkable error”.
Bawa-Garba will be sentenced at a later date…