Mom Plans To Continue Fight Over Baby Luke's Death
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 10, 2005
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND--A coroner's inquest has officially recorded the death of 10-month-old Luke Winston-Jones as a heart attack brought on by heart disease.
An attorney representing Ruth Winston-Jones said after Monday's verdict that she believes doctors should have done more to help her son stay alive, including using resuscitation equipment and the drug adrenaline.
Shortly after Luke was born in January 2004, doctors predicted he would live just a few days when they diagnosed him with three holes in his heart and with Edward's syndrome, also known as "trisomy 18". Many experts said that babies with the rare genetic condition usually die before reaching their first birthday.
Luke died on November 12, 2004, just three weeks after the High Court Family Division ruled that doctors at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital could refuse to resuscitate him if he stopped breathing.
Ms. Winston-Jones, 35, told reporters after the inquest that she plans to sue the hospital.
"I will continue fighting for justice for Luke," she said.
Many hospitals, doctors, and medical attorneys have maintained in recent years that resuscitating or keeping patients with severe disabilities or chronic medical conditions on life support for long periods of time seriously impacts the patients' "quality of life". Several disability rights groups, and other advocates in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, have argued that hospitals and doctors should not be the ones to judge the value of patients lives.
"Baby Luke death 'natural causes'" (BBC News)
"Doctors didn't try to save my boy, mum says" (Western Mail)