Inquest to be held into ‘asthma’ death

Izabelle Easen
Izabelle Easen

an official probe is to be conducted into how a seven-year-old girl died after she was the subject of a shocking NHS cover up.

Doncaster coroner Nicola Mundy will hold an inquest later this year into the death of Izabelle Easen, who was poorly treated by a paramedic employed by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in 2008.

A spokesman from Doncaster Coroner’s Court said: “An inquest is due to be opened into the death of Izabelle Easen a date for this has not yet been confirmed.”

Her devastated mother Lorna Easen, 29, had blamed herself for not being able to perform emergency first aid as Izabelle suffered an asthma attack at home in Oldfield Road, Thorne, following which she died..

But she was never told a top level investigation found the paramedic who pronounced Izabelle dead should have given her continuous resuscitation.

Ms Easen only found out about the secrecy when a full transcript of the paramedic’s misconduct case was revealed in October of last year.

Medical experts believe advance life support from the paramedic could have saved the youngster’s life.

He was disciplined and struck off following an inquiry into his behaviour by health regulators.

Ambulance bosses apologised to Ms Easen for causing more distress - but not for hiding the negligence.

Speaking after the shocking discovery Ms Easen said: “It’s morally wrong, if nothing else. They should have informed me.

“They should have informed the police as far as I’m concerned.”

The mum-of-four tried resuscitating Izabelle with the help of a 999 operator when her heart stopped beating during the asthma attack in April 2008.

She blamed the actions of paramedic James McKenna and claimed he told her that a second ambulance was not needed.

But a Health Professions Council hearing, launched after a series of complaints against Mr McKenna, found he was guilty of misconduct.