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NHS trust payout over death of toddler Anabelle Shepherd

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Media captionAnabelle was a "bright, happy, smiley little star", her parents said

A trust has paid £30,000 to the family of a toddler who died on Christmas Day from a serious infection.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust admitted mistakes were made in the treatment of Anabelle Shepherd, who suffered from a rare genetic condition.

The 22-month-old had a weakened immune system following a bone marrow transplant. She was admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital (QAH) in Portsmouth.

Her parents said Anabelle was a "bright, happy, smiley little star".

In a statement Leanne and Lee Shepherd said: "There isn't enough money in the world to compensate us for the loss of Anabelle."

'Robbed of life'

The couple's acceptance of the settlement was on condition that it came with a written apology and admission that Anabelle would not have died if she had been given appropriate care.

They also asked for reassurances that changes have been made to hospital procedures for patients with similar conditions.

Annabelle, from Portsmouth, suffered from a rare genetic condition known as Hurler's Syndrome.

Having undergone a bone marrow transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in August 2012 to cure the condition, she had shown signs of improvement.

But in the run-up to Christmas 2012, she became lethargic and was taken to the QAH.

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Image caption Anabelle Shepherd had undergone a bone marrow transplant

Her condition worsened and, after a seizure, she was moved to intensive care at Southampton General Hospital and died on Christmas Day.

Anabelle had been taking drugs to suppress her immune system after the transplant and Coroner Keith Wiseman later ruled that her treatment had been "inadequate".

Mr and Mrs Shepherd added: "Anabelle had gone through so much after being diagnosed with Hurler's Syndrome and after intensive treatment she had the chance of a near normal life.

"It sickens us every day to think she went through all that she did to have been robbed of her life due to not receiving adequate care, especially from her home city's hospital.

"We had to pursue this for her and now that it has been admitted and changes have been made we can hopefully move on, although Anabelle will forever be in our hearts."

A spokeswoman for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said: "The case has recently been settled. We regret the sad events that led to Anabelle's death and have apologised to the family."

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