Date set for baby Luke's inquest

THERE will be an inquest into the death of tragic baby Luke Day, the EADT can reveal. Luke was thought to be the youngest-ever victim of killer superbug MRSA when he died aged just 36 hours in Ipswich Hospital on February 3 last year.

THERE will be an inquest into the death of tragic baby Luke Day, the EADT can reveal.

Luke was thought to be the youngest-ever victim of killer superbug MRSA when he died aged just 36 hours in Ipswich Hospital on February 3 last year.

His death prompted a media furore and ensured the growing number of MRSA cases in British hospitals was one of the key issues in the run up to last May's general election.

But a subsequent in-depth investigation conducted by the hospital concluded that MRSA may not have been the cause of the youngster's death, although it acknowledged the presence of the bug.

The investigation prompted Luke's paternal grandmother Julia Fenton and father Kevin to call for an inquest into the tragedy - calls which have now been heeded by Greater Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean.

Dr Dean phoned the family, who live in Woodbridge, to let them know that an inquest will be held - although a date has yet to be set.

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The news comes just days after the first anniversary of Luke's death, something which Mrs Fenton said the family found difficult to deal with.

Of the inquest, she added: “We've been told that they are going to have a hearing - Dr Dean called Kevin to let him know.

“We've got mixed feelings I think. It's the last thing that we can do before putting it to rest - it's difficult.

“But there's still so many things left unanswered for Kevin and I. We just want to get this inquest out of the way and move on.”

A spokesman for the Suffolk Coroner's Office last night confirmed that an inquest will be held, probably at the end of next month.

He said: “It's pencilled in for March 29 but we're still to confirm that with the coroner.

“The inquest is being held because the family have concerns with the treatment at the hospital and it's their right to have an inquest if they want to.

“It will be a full day hearing, but it's yet to be decided if it will be a jury inquest - there's no indication that it will be.”

Christine Smart, chairman of the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust vowed that the facility would do all it could to support the inquest.

She added: “The tragic death of baby Luke Day devastated all of us at the hospital.

“We promised that we would do all we could to understand what happened and we continue to honour our promise and will work fully to support any coroner's inquest.”

Luke's maternal grandmother Kathy Day and mum Glynis, who has just celebrated the birth of son Jack, declined to comment last night.

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