Family considering legal action

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CHARLIE Lowden’s mum Lynn says she will continue to fight until someone is held accountable for her son’s death.

Mrs Lowden said she and her husband Charles are taking legal advice on bringing a civil case against Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Speaking after the inquest, she told the News Post Leader: “We are not satisfied. We think that nobody has admitted it.

“There were clearly quite a few mistakes made, and these were obvious signs that not only one, but six doctors, missed, which you don’t expect to happen when you take your son to hospital.

“They had an abnormal chest x-ray, abnormal electrocardiograph, shortness of breath, severe pain, and he was bringing blood up.

“It wasn’t just one doctor it was the whole lot. It just beggars belief.

“I would like to see the whole lot of them get the sack, including the nurses that should have been looking after him as well.

“To me, if you are in that profession and you don’t care, then you really shouldn’t be.

“It’s your life in their hands. If they say there is nothing wrong with you, what can you do?

“We’ve lost our lives really – my husband, my son, my daughter, Charlie’s girlfriend, his friends.

“We’ve lost such a big part of our lives.

“They have got to take the blame because it was them.

“We will continue to fight. We owe it to our son to do that. If we give up now, it will be an insult to our son.

“We have to have someone made accountable for what happened that day. Even if it takes ten years, we will not stop.

“They are hiding behind being a doctor. They come across as being untouchable. Until someone does anything, it can happen again.”

The family would like to thank Northumbria Police for how they handled their part of the investigation.