Monday 17 December 2018

Tristan's (6) death in care not in vain, says mother

Angela Neiland, holding a picture of her son Tristan. Photo: Collins Courts
Angela Neiland, holding a picture of her son Tristan. Photo: Collins Courts

Louise Roseingrave

The mother of a boy (6) who died after being found unresponsive in respite care has said she misses her son "every single day".

Tristan Neiland, from Cabinteely, Dublin, had a number of health issues and was in weekend respite care at the St John of God Carmona Respite Service in Dún Laoghaire when he was found unresponsive by staff.

He was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead the following day.

Speaking after a coroner returned a narrative inquest verdict, outlining the circumstances of his death, Angela Neiland said: "I miss him - every single day.

"We note that Tristan's death and the circumstances surrounding it have resulted in changes being made in the Carmona Services. In that context, Tristan's death has not been in vain."

Tristan, who suffered from epilepsy, asthma and global development delay, was staying at the facility on the night of January 5, 2013.

His mother told Dublin Coroner's Court that he suffered from seizures, mostly at night and in the early morning. She said he could not breathe during a seizure and needed oxygen.

Ms Neiland understood that her son would be "constantly monitored" using a sats monitor, which measures oxygen-saturation levels. She brought the monitor to the Carmona respite service and left clear instructions for its use.

Ms Neiland told staff the monitor should only be attached once her son was "deeply asleep", as otherwise it could disturb him.

Staff put Tristan to bed at 8.30pm. He was due to be checked every 15 minutes. He was checked approximately five times between 9pm and approximately 11pm.

There was a baby monitor in his room and the door was left slightly open. There was no sats monitor attached to him as staff believed he wasn't deeply asleep, the inquest heard.

Pathologist Dr Maureen O'Sullivan gave the cause of death as sudden, unexplained death in epilepsy.

Irish Independent

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