‘I won’t be able to grieve un­til I get answers’

Scottish Daily Mail - - New Blitz on Terror - By Gavin Made­ley

THE mother of a three-year-old boy who died af­ter treat­ment at Glas­gow’s Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal has de­manded that health chiefs come clean on the rea­sons be­hind her son’s death.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Scot­tish Mail on Sun­day, Vic­to­ria Free­man re­vealed that her son Ma­son Dje­mat – who had a rare ge­netic con­di­tion – was not ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal be­cause he was un­well but for ther­apy that was meant to enhance and pro­long his life.

Miss Free­man, 31, was hor­ri­fied to dis­cover that Ma­son had suf­fered a sud­den, in­ex­pli­ca­ble de­te­ri­o­ra­tion while on the wards.

The ho­tel man­ager, from Ste­warton, Ayr­shire, told the pa­per she was so ap­palled by what she re­garded as lax in­fec­tion con­trol pro­ce­dures – such as clean­ers sneez­ing in Ma­son’s room, doc­tors not wear­ing shoe cov­ers or face masks and iso­la­tion unit doors be­ing left open – at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal (QEUH) that she took in bleach to try to dis­in­fect her son’s room.

She said: ‘I feel if I hadn’t put Ma­son in that hos­pi­tal for treat­ment he would still be here. It’s some­thing I will have to live with for the rest of my life.’

Ma­son’s mother said her faith in the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and NHS Greater Glas­gow

and Clyde, the health board which runs the hos­pi­tal, had been shaken to the core. Af­ter a meet­ing last week with em­bat­tled Health Sec­re­tary Jeane Free­man, who has been un­der in­tense pres­sure to ex­plain pre­cisely when she was in­formed about prob­lems at QEUH, she said: ‘For the past two years I have been stand­ing all alone. I have been go­ing to meet­ings and fight­ing the NHS health board my­self and I feel I haven’t had the time to grieve for Ma­son – I won’t be able to un­til I have the answers he de­serves.’

Ma­son was re­ceiv­ing stem cell trans­plant treat­ment for the chronic con­di­tion Hunter’s syn­drome when he died sud­denly on Au­gust 9, 2017.

Af­ter Ma­son’s death, bosses at the hos­pi­tal, which has since been placed into special mea­sures, ad­mit­ted a string of fail­ings in his care and ac­knowl­edged a need to re­view prac­tices and train­ing.

Last month, it emerged po­lice con­tacted the procu­ra­tor fis­cal shortly af­ter his death, and the Crown has con­firmed that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing into the treat­ment he re­ceived.

De­voted: Vic­to­ria Free­man, above with Ma­son, said her son de­serves answers

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