Belfast Telegraph

‘My life is on hold until this is all over’

By Brendan McDaid

A mother whose daughter died of hyponatraemia following a routine appendix operation says her life is on hold until she gets some answers.

Marie Ferguson’s only daughter was just nine when she died four days after an operation at Altnagelvin Hospital in June 2001.

Coroner John Leckey found that she died as a result of the condition caused by a shortage of sodium in the body.

Nicknamed ‘Wee Boots’ by her family, Raychel was rushed to the Royal Victoria in Belfast when her condition deteriorated and she became violently ill.

Her parents were told she was brain dead and took the decision to turn off her life-support machine.

The year before, 17-month-old toddler Lucy Crawford died in similar circumstances at the Erne Hospital, Enniskillen.

“It’s great now that at last we know it is going ahead. I am a lot more content,” said Marie.

“We are going to have another progress hearing on May 16 and hopefully another one in September and the inquiry will be held in Banbridge Courthouse.

“It has been a long struggle but hopefully now this is it.”

Mrs Ferguson said she was so frustrated earlier this year by the lack of progress that she had written a letter demanding yesterday’s meeting.

She added: “All I really want now is for it to get up and running, and to see the doctors and nurses take the stand and tell me the truth of what happened.”

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