Baby Luke's inquest to start today

A TWO day inquest was due to start today into the death of Suffolk baby who contracted MRSA at Ipswich Hospital.It is two years since the Heath Road hospital came under siege from media across the country when baby Luke Day died at just 36 hours old.

A TWO day inquest was due to start today into the death of Suffolk baby who contracted MRSA at Ipswich Hospital.

It is two years since the Heath Road hospital came under siege from media across the country when baby Luke Day died at just 36 hours old.

Today witnesses from the hospital and members of Luke's family were due to gather at 10am for an inquest at Endeavour House in Ipswich to determine exactly what happened to the child.

He was thought to be the country's youngest victim of the superbug when he died at the hospital in February 2005.

Following a huge inquiry into the baby's death it was found that MRSA may not have been the cause of death but that there were failings in his care.

Luke was born on February 2 2005, weighing 7lb 7ozs and showed no signs of ill health, but 36 hours later he died after contracting septicaemia believed to have been caused by MRSA.

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His death sparked a national outcry after Luke's devastated parents Kevin Fenton and Glynis Day, both of Woodbridge had to fight to get MRSA recorded on his death certificate.

In the weeks following the incident the two families campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the killer bug in a bid to prevent others suffering in the same way.

Luke's paternal grandmother Julie Fenton, of Woodbridge, welcomed the fact that the inquest was taking place and confirmed that she and her son Kevin would attend.

She said: “We're not looking forward to it.

“It's definitely good news. There are still some unanswered questions that we want answers to, but whether anything new will come out I don't know.

“This is the final thing that we can do for Luke.”

The tragedy forced the hospital to launch a major review into its infection control procedures with a host of independent experts brought in to look at where things had gone wrong.

A spokeswoman for Ipswich Hospital said it had implemented an exhaustive 69-point action plan drawn up to ensure such a tragedy would never happen again.

She added: “The tragic death of baby Luke Day devastated all of us at the hospital.

“We promised we would do all we could to understand what happened and we continue to honour our promise and will work fully to support any coroner's inquest.”

n. Do you think the inquest should have been held sooner? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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