A newborn baby who had pneumonia died just days after his breathing difficulties were dismissed by a doctor, an inquest heard. The inquest heard the GP jotted down the family’s concerns on a piece of paper – then lost it.
Five days later Mason was rushed into hospital after he stopped breathing and his face turned blue while lying in his Moses basket at home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. He died in hospital from multiple organ failure, with tests showing he had a blood clot on his lung.
The youngster’s father Robert Kane was so heartbroken, he killed himself on his 36th birthday. At an inquest, a verdict of drug related death was recorded on Mason’s father who on Valentine’s Day last year took a fatal drink and drugs cocktail of sambuca, rum and vodka, along with diazepam and a prescription drug for epilepsy at the family home. The hearing was told he had been “struggling” to deal with the loss of his son.