Family need more answers over baby death

LUKE Day's family was today reeling from the news that his death may not have been down to MRSA and that better care may have saved him.Luke's paternal grandmother Julie Fenton said there were still lots of questions unanswered for the family, including her son, Luke's 24-year-old father Kevin Fenton.

LUKE Day's family was today reeling from the news that his death may not have been down to MRSA and that better care may have saved him.

Luke's paternal grandmother Julie Fenton said there were still lots of questions unanswered for the family, including her son, Luke's 24-year-old father Kevin Fenton.

Ms Fenton, of Bilney Road, Woodbridge, said: "I asked,(the hospital) 'Are you telling me that Luke did not die from MRSA and they couldn't say no.' If he didn't die from MRSA, what did he die from?

"We were hoping for some kind of closure today, but that obviously hasn't happened. It's just another set of questions.

"There are still questions about his care. They had been told that he was grunting by the family and that he was cold. He was supposed to be on amber. It's just a catalogue of disasters.

"We won't rest until we've have our questions answered. We want to know why he wasn't on amber and why basic policies and procedures weren't followed. He could have still been with us today."

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Luke's mother, 18-year-old Glynis Day of Woodbridge, recalled how she had thought something was wrong with Luke.

She said: "Every time we picked him up and he moved, he made a grunting noise. I did say something and was told it was normal. I said he wasn't feeding properly.

"He shouldn't have had MRSA in the first place and they still haven't said how it got there."

Glynis' mother, Kathy, hopes the changes now being put in place will prevent more deaths in the future.

Mrs Day, 56, of Woodbridge, said: "The circumstances surrounding Luke's death has prompted Ipswich Hospital to get its house in order. It should already have been in order.

"Practices and procedures should have been followed exactly to the guidelines set out for hospital staff. If they are not, tragedies happen.

"If changes are going to be made by the hospital that will stop something like this every happening again, then my grandson's death would not have been in vain.

"If, by his death, Luke has prevented another baby from dying, then this is his legacy."-

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