Ms Ali, 31, said: “From my scientific knowledge I knew it wasn’t safe to give heparin to my son as his haemoglobin – red blood cell level – was so low.
“The lowest safe level is around 84. Elijah’s was off the scale at 50. He desperately needed a blood transfusion first.
“I was really anxious that heparin would thin the blood around Elijah’s body too much and put his vital organs at risk.”
“I argued with doctors at Watford General Hospital where I was told to take him by Great Ormond Street. But they said they were acting on the instructions of Great Ormond Street. They threatened legal action if I tried to remove him from the hospital.”
Ah, the caring and competent NHS in action! Never forget, YOU are not ‘the customer’. It’s the Government that’s the customer.
A serious incident report by Watford Hospital said its staff were working under the instructions of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We recognise that there are lessons to be learned in relation to the care provided to Elijah, including in relation to the advice we received from the specialist hospital in charge of his case. As a result, we have made a number of changes which will help prevent a similar event happening again.
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Dr Vin Diwakar, medical director at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “We cannot imagine what an immensely difficult time this must be for the family.”
He said an investigation had been launched, but that it was not yet possible to determine whether anything could have been done differently.