Toddler drowned in bath after mum left for ‘very short time’ to get a towel
A young child unfortunately drowned in the bath after her mum left her for simply “one minute” as she got a towel, an inquest heard.
Mia Olivia O’Sullivan slipped under the water and was discovered lying face down after being left for a “very short time” while in the tub at the household’s house in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
The toddler’s mum, Joely Eastham-Jones, frantically fought to resuscitate her 22-month-old child, however she later on passed away in healthcare facility.
A hearing in Ruthin today heard how Mrs Eastham-Jones provided Mia a bubble bath at their house at about 4.50 pm on January 17 in 2015, North Wales Live reports.
After 5 minutes, she asked her if she wished to go out, however the toddler stated she wished to bring “on playing with the bubbles”.
Mrs Eastham-Jones then understood there were no towels in the space, therefore rushed out to get one from the tidy washing stack in the bed room.
John Gittins, coroner for North Wales Central and North Wales East, stated: “She said ‘Mummy’s going to get towels’ and left the bathroom.
“She could hear Mia talking and singing in the bath next door. She shouted her (Mia’s name to confirm she was there.
“Then a pink brush she had been playing with banged on the side of the bath.
“She ran in and found her lying face down in the water.
“She lifted her out. She was pink and floppy and not breathing.”
Mrs Eastham-Jones then positioned Mia on the flooring and carried out CPR, the inquest heard, and after 4 or 5 compressions, the toddler threw up water and ill.
The mum then called 999 and paramedics rushed to the scene within 5 minutes, and Mia was hurried to Glan Clwyd Hospital prior to being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital (RSUH in Stoke- on-Trent
Dr Mark Bebbington, a specialist paediatric extensive care expert at RSUH, stated he had actually been informed Mia “was left in the bath for approximately one minute plus by her mother”
Mia was offered treatment consisting of oxygen and adrenaline, however regretfully passed away the following day– soon after 3am on January 18.
The inquest was informed how Mrs Eastham-Jones had actually willingly offered a declaration in Llandudno Police Station.
A post-mortem evaluation of Mia, performed by Dr Jo McPartland, a paediatric pathologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on Merseyside, discovered there was ischaemic damage to the brain, kidneys and heart.
She stated the cause of death was numerous organ failure, constant with drowning.
The coroner today ruled Mia’s death as unexpected.
Concluding, Mr Gittins stated: “She was left for a very, very short time by her mother in the bath, and sadly the circumstances which occurred thereafter were those which resulted in her passing.
“I would like to record my very sincere condolences to the family of Mia in her tragic loss.”
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