Raychel’s parents to give evidence to inquiry

�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -  Raychel Ferguson's parents Marie and Ray
�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - Raychel Ferguson's parents Marie and Ray

The parents of a Derry schoolgirl who died after an operation in Altnagelvin Hospital are to give evidence at a public inquiry into her death today.

Nine-year-old Raychel Ferguson died at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 2001, a day after having her appendix removed at the Derry hospital.

This morning her mother Marie and father Raymond will give oral evidence at the inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths at Banbridge courthouse.

Raychel’s death is one of five currently being investigated by a public inquiry.

Several medical experts gave evidence to the inquiry last week.

The inquiry heard recently from a consultant paediatrician at Altnagelvin at the time of Raychel’s death, that the schoolgirl had been “failed in the sense that she walked into hospital, but didn’t leave in a better condition than she left”.

Dr Brian McCord said: “I - as parent to parent - would like to offer you my heartfelt condolences. I didn’t have any chance formally to do that and I would like to have done it face to face, but didn’t.

“In addition to that, I feel that communication difficulties, particularly on my part, have potentially added to your distress. For example, the false hope that was offered and I, professionally, offer apologies for that.”

Following the apology, Marie Ferguson said she had been “deeply moved” by the “genuine and heartfelt” apology from the senior hospital consultant.