King’s Lynn couple seek answers over baby son’s death

Ricky and Zoe Mitchell, of Lynn, will be hoping to find out the verdict of an inquest into the death of baby Jackson Sellers-Mitchell
Ricky and Zoe Mitchell, of Lynn, will be hoping to find out the verdict of an inquest into the death of baby Jackson Sellers-Mitchell

A Lynn couple are hoping to learn the answers to the questions surrounding the death of their newborn son at an inquest tomorrow.

Ricky and Zoe Mitchell, of Lynn, lost their son, Jackson Sellers-Mitchell, earlier this year. He had suffered multi-organ failure

An inquest into the baby’s death will be opened at Norwich Coroners Court tomorrow at 10am.

Jackson was born prematurely on May 4 at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

But when he was only four days old he developed a distended stomach. X-rays revealed what medical staff thought was a common gastro-intestinal emergency.

The plan was to transfer him to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital during the night.

But the family’s legal team say there was a delay during which his condition deteriorated and he needed drugs and resuscitation.

When Jackson arrived at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, medical staff disagreed with the diagnosis of his illness.

Jackson’s condition remained poor and eventually he went into multi-organ failure. He died during the early hours of the next day.

Mr and Mrs Mitchell’s lawyer, Sharon Allison, of Ashton KCJ, said: “Quite understandably, my clients have a number of questions that remain unanswered in relation to their son’s death.

“They will be keen to hear the evidence at the inquest to understand quite crucially what happened before Jackson was transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.”

A spokesman from the hospital said: “Our thoughts remain with family at this very sad time.

“We are co-operating fully with any request for evidence for the inquest.”