Yuki Norman-Knight: Norwich baby death prompts practice review

A coroner has called for a review of procedures at a Norwich medical practice after the death of a baby who had been treated for a cough there.

Nine-month-old Yuki Norman-Knight was found unresponsive at home in April 2012 and later died in hospital.

Assistant deputy coroner David Osborne said Yuki died of natural causes.

But he said he wanted the St Stephens Gate surgery to review its systems for checking past medical history, particularly with babies and children.

Norfolk Coroner's Court heard Yuki, of Canterbury Place, in Norwich, first saw a nurse at the Wessex Street practice on 14 March 2012, where she was diagnosed with a chest infection and prescribed a course of antibiotics.

'Difficult to diagnose'

She then saw a second nurse 12 days later after her condition deteriorated and they got a GP to prescribe her with a second course of drugs.

But on 21 April 2012 her father found Yuki had stopped breathing and she was rushed to hospital, but later died.

Post-mortem tests showed Yuki died from influenza bronchial pneumonia.

Dr Nadoo Tulangi, from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said Yuki's illness was difficult to diagnose and described the actions of the nurses who treated her as "reasonable".

Mr Osborne concluded that Yuki died of natural causes and said he was able to rule out any question of neglect.

But he said St Stephens Gate should review its systems for checking medical history, getting second opinions from GPs and booking appointments, so patients could be properly assessed to see either a doctor or a nurse.

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