A dad claims his daughter’s teeth were removed without permission when she went into hospital for surgery – on her legs.
Six-year-old Sarah Morrison, whose rare type of brittle bone disease has seen her suffer more than 200 broken bones since birth, had metal rods inserted to make her limbs stronger at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
However, her parents say they were ‘horrified’ to learn five of her teeth had also been taken out.
The hospital said the teeth were loose baby teeth which needed to be removed as they ‘posed a serious risk to Sarah’s airway’ during surgery and that her parents spoke to a clinician beforehand about all the care she may have needed – which the family dispute.
The hospital, which also said the care given to Sarah was in her ‘best interests’, is now carrying out an internal review and police have also been informed.
Sarah’s father Philip Morrison, aged 37, said: “After the surgery I was outside the hospital when my partner rang me in a very erratic state, crying and screaming.
“At that point I thought Sarah had died. I ran down to the recovery room where I first got a glimpse of Sarah with a mouth full of blood.
“I was horrified.
“They didn’t mention at any point that her teeth might be taken out – it wasn’t even on the operation consent form.
“The hospital is adamant that baby teeth were taken. But two of them were adult teeth, I know because I have the baby teeth at home.
“We feel mortified and let down.”
Sarah was born with ‘one in a million’ osteogenesis imperfecta and suffered 30 rib fractures in the womb.
Doctors initially gave her just two days to live but she defied expectations to survive.
Philip and partner Sonia McCrossan moved from Ireland to Raisen Hall Road, Southey Green, Sheffield, to be closer to bone specialists at the children’s hospital – but now plan to move her to another hospital.
Philip said the family were told a dentist would examine Sarah’s teeth, but not that any would be removed. He also said the teeth taken were not loose.
He said: “She isn’t going back there again.
“Sarah has been going mad about the missing teeth. She keeps putting her tongue up there saying ‘they stole my teeth’.
“It’s not the fact her teeth were removed. She has a gastro tube and it’s been difficult trying to get her to feed, now this will set us back.”
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said they had been ‘made aware of an alleged incident’ at the hospital.
Police are to be kept informed during the hospital review but are not investigating.
A spokesman for Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The care given to this patient was done in her best interests.
“She has a complex condition and had come in for a surgical orthopaedic procedure, during which five baby teeth needed to be removed while she was under general anaesthetic. They were very loose and were judged to pose a serious risk to her airway. No harm was caused to her by the removal of these baby teeth.
“Her parents spoke to a clinician before any surgery was carried out and the care their child may have needed while undergoing surgery was discussed.
“As an issue has now been raised by her parents, we will review this as we do with any concern.
“No action has been taken against any members of staff.
“We understand her parents have raised this as an issue with the police and we will keep them updated as we would with any incident.”