THE bosses of a holiday park where a toddler died after choking on a piece of sausage said they had followed a coroner’s recommendations.
Two-year-old James Manning, who had enlarged tonsils and suffered “dozens of choking fits” before his death, choked on the piece of sausage with his family at Butlin’s in Bognor in June 2018.
Despite CPR and first aid, the piece of sausage could not be removed and it took paramedics seven to eight minutes to remove the piece of food using a laryngoscope and Magill forceps.
James went into cardiac arrest lasting seven to eight minutes, causing hypoxic ischemic brain injury caused by lack of oxygen in the brain.
He was stabilized and taken to Southampton General Hospital where, despite treatment in intensive care, his life support was taken off and he died on June 20, 2018, two weeks after the incident.
Assistant Medical Examiner Karen Harrold concluded at James’ inquest in March 2021 that his death was an accident but that the boy had been “abandoned” because “red flags” had been missed regarding his enlarged tonsils.
In a report on preventing future deaths released last week, Ms Harrold raised several concerns with the NHS and Butlin’s.
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For Butlin’s, these included a recommendation to develop a national system for health and safety management at its sites.
Ms Harrold also expressed “deep concern” at whether a “robust enough” system for investigating and reporting incidents was in place so that “lessons could be learned” and then shared with staff.
A spokesman for Butlin’s said although Bourne Leisure, which owns Butlin’s, has not been found guilty by the coroner, voluntary action has been taken since James’ death.
“James’ death was a tragedy and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” he said.
“The safety and well-being of our guests is always a priority for us and we can confirm that the recommendations made in last year’s report have been implemented.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22643534.butlins-implements-coroners-recommendations-james-manning-death/?ref=rss Butlin’s is implementing all of the coroner’s recommendations following the death of James Manning