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Grieving mother waits a year for answers from Great Ormond Street Hospital

"Why do we have to push for the report when we’re the ones who suffered?"

14 December, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Brian Mpunga, who died this time last year  

A GRIEVING mother whose son collapsed while playing basketball is still waiting for answers from a hospital where her son was treated, almost a year after his death.

Carlotta Jose, from Highbury Quadrant, is awaiting a report from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where her son Brian Mpunga was treated before his death on December 21 last year.

Brian was a star pupil at St Aloysius College, in Archway, and was just 15 years old when he died following a bleed in the brain. He collapsed at the Sobell Centre in Holloway on December 10.

Ms Jose says she asked for a report into her son’s death at the world-renowned children’s hospital in Russell Square just a few days after his death in January.

“We’ve been asking and ask- ing for an investigation,” she told the Tribune this week.

“Why do we have to push for the report when we’re the ones who suffered? We have so many questions about his death yet to be answered. When we met with the hospital in April they said they hadn’t received our email, but we showed them we had sent it and they apologised.”

Ms Jose was made to wait months for a similar report from University College London Hospital where Brian was treated before being transferred to GOSH.

The hospital blamed the delay on an independent investigator failing to respond to their request for the report.

Ms Jose said: “We want to know if Brian received the best care possible at GOSH. We are not sure. We were told Brian was brain dead but we noticed he was breathing on his own, but they wouldn’t scan his brain. They also denied us a post-mortem but said he had to do one privately. We weren’t happy with a lot of things.”

She said they received a letter last month saying a report into Brian’s death would be ready in two weeks.

“But we still haven’t got the report a month later. Is that how you treat someone whose family member has died?”

A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Brian’s family at this difficult time. We are in regular contact with them. However, as we are still investigating this matter, and due to patient confidentiality, we cannot discuss any specific details.”

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