Mum’s anger over daughter’s death

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A DONCASTER mum is furious no-one told her a paramedic who treated her daughter during a fatal asthma attack was later struck off.

Izabelle Easen died aged seven at her home in Thorne, in April 2009, after an asthma attack brought on a heart attack.

Her family said they were never told that the paramedic who worked on her, James McKenna, later faced a ‘fitness to practise’ hearing for failing to perform advanced life-saving.

He was struck off in 2010 after the Health Professions Council heard about the case and other incidents.

Izabelle’s mum Lorna Easen said: “It’s morally wrong, if nothing else. Absolutely terrible. They should have informed me. They should have informed the police as far as I’m concerned. It’s my child, not theirs. To them she’s just a piece of paperwork.”

Health Professions Council papers from the case do not mention Izabelle’s name. They show Mr McKenna did not perform advanced life support and that he pronounced the patient dead after only performing basic life support.

A technician on a second ambulance wanted to take the girl to hospital, which he said would have “given the family some support”, but was overruled by Mr McKenna.

Experts said Izabelle was unlikely to have survived even if the actions had been taken.

Dr David Macklin, associate medical director for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We would like to apologise for the distress caused to Izabelle’s family who are re-living the events of three years ago. We are keen to meet with them and answer any questions they may have.

“It has not been, and is not, our intention to keep information from the family, and we would like to reassure them and the public we are committed to being open with patients and relatives. The actions of one member of staff, who no longer works for the Trust, are not reflective of the high quality clinical care provided by Yorkshire Ambulance Service.”