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Saturday 16 December 2017

Editorial: Never forget tragic baby Adam's case

THE short and painful life of baby Adam O'Connor must for ever remain a stark warning for the nation's health services.

Little Adam was repeatedly sent home by different doctors who failed, on a number of occasions, to diagnose he had acute leukaemia. He died just two days after finally being correctly diagnosed.

The hearts of all parents, and, indeed, medical professionals, go out to Adam's mother and father whose deep concerns about their baby's suffering failed to be adequately addressed.

These grieving parents are justified in declaring that the health system failed baby Adam in every possible way.

A hard-hitting HSE investigation has made 17 separate recommendations about paediatric care in one of Ireland's biggest hospitals. All those who work in the nation's hospitals perform a vital role. But the lessons learned in baby Adam's case must never be forgotten.

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