Raychel inquiry resumes today

Marie Ferguson. (0502Sl08)
Marie Ferguson. (0502Sl08)

The inquiry investigating the death of nine-year-old Raychel Ferguson will resume today in Banbridge Courthouse.

Raychel’s death and that of two other children - Adam Strain and Claire Roberts - are being examined by the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related deaths.

Raychel, who would have celebrated her 21st birthday yesterday, died 36 hours after being admitted to Altnagelvin with stomach pains on June 7, 2001.

The inquiry heard last Friday that the Ferguson family felt the care she received was a ‘shambles’.

Senior Counsel also said that a catalogue of flaws and lack of communication contributed to Raychel’s death following an operation to remove her appendix.

Raychel’s parents Marie and Ray, and her three brothers, Stephen, Jason and Jamie have said they found Friday’s hearing difficult.

Marie said, “We’ve heard things that we didn’t know before and it was difficult for us. All we want is for the truth to be known about Raychel’s death.”