Make sure it doesn't happen again,"" say parents of Withycombe 11-year-old disabled girl who died af

PUBLISHED: 12:28 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

THE Withycombe Raleigh parents of an 11-year-old disabled girl who bought joy into their lives say they hope lessons have been learned after she died after an accident at her city school.

THE Withycombe Raleigh parents of an 11-year-old disabled girl who bought 'joy' into their lives say they hope lessons have been learned after she died after an accident at her city school.

Cerebral palsy sufferer Judith Grace Parker, of Green Close, had her leg fractured when she was incorrectly put into a hoist at the West of England School, Exeter.

Exeter and Greater Devon deputy coroner Darren Salter recorded a verdict of accidental death at Honiton Magistrates Court.

Judith, who could only communicate through body language, was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on November 29 2007and died of an embolism and pneumonia on December 2.

Judith's parents Colin and Susan Parker said they hoped valuable lessons had been learned from their daughter's death.

Mrs Parker said: "We should make sure it doesn't happen again. It may have been brought on by carelessness with major repercussions.

Mr Parker, who said looking after his daughter had been a worthwhile challenge, added: "She bought joy into our lives.

Judith was profoundly disabled and couldn't do anything for herself. You couldn't communicate with her except through body language.

"When she was born, she was only given one year to 18 months to live. We got 10 bonus years out her so we've been blessed.

"It [her death] was an accident and we've no choice but to move on.

"Hopefully people will learn from this and it won't happen again."

The deputy coroner said the cause of Judith's death was a result of the accident and her illness.

Mr Salter said: "She was a profoundly disabled girl but she enjoyed a good quality of life."

The inquest heard how Judith's lower leg had been fractured in three places while she was being lowered onto a board at the West of England School, in Topsham Road.

It was found the strap from the hoist got caught on the youngster's leg as she was being lowered, causing it to pull too tightly and resulting in the injury.

A statement from the school physiotherapist said Judith had started to cry when the strap tightened, so the equipment was immediately released and medical attention sought.


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