Surgeon ‘Apology for Stockport Child’s Death’


The inquest into the death of a Stockport toddler has heard how a consultant apologised to the family after his operation was delayed by three days due to a lack of beds.

Kayden Urmston-Bancroft was admitted to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on 12 April 2016 and needed surgery for a diaphragmatic hernia.

The 20-month-old suffered a cardiac arrest on 15 April, while waiting for his operation, and died two days later.

Paediatric surgeon Jigna Sheth said she felt “devastated” for the family.

Miss Sheth said: “I apologised that it hadn’t been sooner, given the situation we found ourselves in.

“I think it goes without saying that had he had his surgery, when he was well, we would have expected a good outcome.”

The court heard that Kayden, from Stockport, had been transferred from Stepping Hill Hospital and placed on a list of patients requiring emergency surgery.

There were no beds available in RMCH’s high dependency unit (HDU) so he was not able to have the operation, his medical notes said.

His mother Shannon Bancroft was “very upset” at the delay, according to the medical notes.

The inquest continues.