A teenage boy was left to die in agony after ‘chaotic and substandard’ care at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the parliamentary health service ombudsman ruled.
Arvind Jain, 13, died from malnutrition after waiting eight months for a routine 30-minute operation to insert a feeding tube into his stomach.
A scathing report has now found that Arvind, who suffered from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes muscles to weaken, would have survived were it not for a series of delays by the hospital. Following a complaint from Arvind’s family, the report concluded that ‘the care Arvind received fell so far below the applicable standards as to amount to service failure’.
Arvind’s sister, Shushma, believes her brother, who died in August 2009, would be alive today had he been treated properly and promptly.