Man died 11 years after suffering horrendous brain injury when pushed from his wheelchair

A person died because of a brain injury that he acquired when he was pushed from his wheelchair 11 years earlier, an inquest has heard. Stevie Dainton was left ‘profoundly disabled’ after the incident at Bolton’s Birtenshaw Corridor College in Could 2009.

Stevie was born with cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair to get round, his dad Gary Dainton advised Bolton Coroner’s Court docket. Mr Dainton described Stevie as “very pleasant, outgoing and happy” rising up and stated that he lived at dwelling however would sometimes keep in a single day at Birtenshaw, in Bromley Cross, if he had attended an after faculty membership.

On Could 5 2009, a fellow pupil, known as Boy 2 in court docket, pushed Stevie from his wheelchair. Stevie, who was 19-years-old on the time, suffered a traumatic brain injury and required 24 hour care from that time on.

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Detective inspector Philip Housley, of Larger Manchester Police, advised the inquest that no legal proceedings had been introduced in relation to the incident due to Boy B’s psychological incapacity. Mr Dainton added that he didn’t blame Boy 2 as a result of: “He himself was severely disabled” however as a substitute blamed the varsity itself for “lack of risk assessment and supervision”.

Birtenshaw School
Birtenshaw College

Mr Dainton and Stevie’s GP Dr Sara Jaberansari confirmed that over the following 11 years, he was always out and in of hospital with severe infections.

In Could 2020, Stevie was admitted to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary with pseudomembranous colitis – a swelling of the colon because of an overgrowth of C difficile micro organism. Dr Jabernasari admitted that this may be brought on by long-term use of antibiotics however stated that these got to Stevie to attempt to scale back the variety of severe infections that suffered with.

Stevie, who lived with his dad in Hindley, appeared to be making a superb restoration and was because of be discharged however Mr Dainton requested for him to be stored for an additional day for statement. The next day, Stevie died aged 29.

Following a put up mortem, Dr Daniel Du Plessis discovered that Stevie died from aspiration associated cardiac respiratory arrest, brought on by psuedomembraneous colitis and outdated traumatic brain accidents. Dr Du Plessis recorded Stevie’s cerebral palsy as an underlying contributory issue however advised the court docket: “I don’t think he would have died when he did if he didn’t sustain those serious brain injuries.”

Dr Jabernasari agreed with Dr Du Plessis’ findings and added: “I would say the brain injury reduced his life expectancy and quality of life.”

The Birtenshaw Group was represented on the listening to by chief government David Reid. Mr Reid advised the inquest that the youngsters’s dwelling had not been made absolutely conscious of Boy 2’s temprament when social providers requested for him to be positioned there.

He stated: “I think we could and should have had clearer information from the authority. Had we received that, I think it’s unlikely that he’d be admitted to the service.”

Mr Reid admitted that employees numbers and lack of coaching given to employees on the time could have additionally contributed to the incident.

He added: “In hindsight, I think the registered manager should have taken more care about the number and mixture of staff on duty at the time. In hindsight, staff should have had more training in dealing with behaviour exhibited by Boy 2.”

Mr Reid advised the listening to that since 2009, there have been a number of adjustments in kids’s houses in areas equivalent to the blending of youngsters with totally different disabilities. He added that there’s now a higher give attention to ‘quality standards’.

Mr Dainton, who gave up his enterprise to be a full time carer for Stevie following the incident, stated: “He would have been alive today had proper risk assessments been done prior to the placement of the pupil who attacked Stevie.

“The incident was entirely predictable and in truth, probably avoidable.”

Assistant coroner for Manchester West, Rachel Syed recorded a story conclusion in relation to Stevie’s loss of life. She stated: “The deceased died as a consequence of traumatic brain injuries after being pushed from his wheelchair.”

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