Hospital trust pays out five-figure sum over four-year-old's death

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The family of a four-year-old boy who died while in a hospital's High Dependency Unit are to be paid a five-figure sum in compensation.

Matthew Kenway, of Fareham, Hampshire, died at Southampton General Hospital in December 2010 after going in for a routine kidney operation.

At an inquest into his death, Coroner Keith Wiseman heard how Matthew had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, and there was a delay in summoning an emergency team to restart his heart.

Matthew's parents Mr Anthony Kenway and Ms Katie Oxley, represented by clinical negligence specialists from law firm Blake Lapthorn, took legal action against University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust over the circumstances of his death.

The Trust has now reached a settlement in which it has agreed to pay an undisclosed five-figure sum to Matthew's parents.

The family's solicitor Patricia Wakeford, of Blake Lapthorn, said: "Evidence heard at the inquest raised grave concerns about the quality of care that Matthew received and the processes that were in place at Southampton General Hospital at the time of Matthew's death".

Despite their loss, Matthew's family have been determined to remember their son as the lively, happy, much-loved child that he was.

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Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

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