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Ten-month-old girl was pronounced dead despite being alive

Mar 5, 2006
An investigation has begun into how a ten-month-old girl, feared drowned in the Thames, was wrongly pronounced dead by hospital staff.

It was believed that the child had died after she fell in during an outing to feed the ducks with her mother and three-year-old sister.

She was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, but after efforts to resuscitate her, doctors declared her dead. Police confirmed the tragedy at 11am, more than an hour after officers were first called to the scene on the towpath at Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, yesterday morning.

A faint heartbeat was discovered later, and the girl remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Neither the hospital nor the police would give details of how long it took hospital staff to discover that the child was still alive, nor could they confirm how the child got into difficulty in the water.

A spokeswoman for John Radcliffe Hospital said: “A full paediatric clinical team immediately attempted to resuscitate the child in the emergency department of the John Radcliffe.

“After a lengthy period of resuscitation, a unanimous decision was made by the clinical team to stop treatment, in the best interests of the child.

“Subsequently, the child showed very fragile signs of life. This does occasionally happen and the child was moved to the paediatric intensive care unit of the hospital. She remains there in an extremely serious and critical condition.”

The incident happened at a spot popular with day-trippers and narrowboat enthusiasts because of its beautiful scenery and country pubs. A series of weirs and locks create strong currents that have made it a notorious accident spot.

Despite its beauty, the river at Goring has proved deceptively dangerous in the past. In the worst tragedy, in 1674, 60 people drowned when their boat capsized in a lock.

By Lucy Bannerman


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Mar 16, 2005
cant say too much as i have never done there job but you would think they would be 100% sure


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Apr 1, 2007
yet more pressure on nhs staff and end of day, it was a mistake, we all make them...heard of drownings before where casualty is basically dead then comes around...but

what i would be questioning is how did she end up in the water in the first place...10 months old...what the fuk was the mother doing to let her end up in the water
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