Public inquiry was told that four-year-old boy died after being given massive quantity of fluid

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Intravenous news: The BBC report “A four-year-old boy, who died after a kidney transplant, was given an “inappropriate and massive” quantity of fluid, a public inquiry has been told. Adam Strain died in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1995. His death, and the deaths of four other children at different times, are being examined by the hyponatraemia public inquiry in Banbridge. Hyponatraemia is an abnormally low level of sodium in blood and can occur when fluids are given incorrectly.

On Monday, the inquiry’s lead counsel revealed that an expert witness, Dr Malcolm Coulthard, had described the quantity of fluid infused into Adam during his surgery as “simply vast” and the rate of infusion as “dramatically fast”. Another expert, Dr Simon Haynes, said there had been a failure of the senior people involved in the operation to work effectively as a team.

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