Raychel Ferguson hearings to resume

An inquiry into the death of Raychel Ferguson is to begin hearing evidence on whether there was a failure to learn from the earlier death of another child.

Nine-year-old Raychel Ferguson died in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in June 2001, 36 hours after she was admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital with stomach pains and nausea.

The Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths at Banbridge courthouse is investigating her death and the deaths of four other children by examining the fluid levels administered before their deaths.

The opening of hearings, which are entitled Raychel Ferguson Preliminary, Lucy Crawford Aftermath, will take place today. Evidence is due to begin tomorrow into whether there was failure to learn appropriate lessons from the death of Lucy, at 17 months old, in 2000.

Clinical evidence into the death of Raychel was heard several weeks ago.