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Hayley Fullerton mother mourns 'preventable' death

An inquest into the death of one-year-old Hayley Fullerton at Birmingham Children's Hospital has found there were "serious failings" in her treatment.

Her mother Paula Stevenson, from County Down, told the inquest that staff failed to listen to her concerns.

Coroner Aidan Cotter said there had been "serious failings" by medical staff, but they did not represent systemic failings or neglect.

Speaking after the narrative verdict at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Ms Stevenson said she wanted to make sure other babies did not suffer the same fate.

The family are pursuing a compensation claim against the hospital.

Birmingham Children's Hospital said it had introduced a number of changes since Hayley's death in 2009, including better training for junior doctors and nurses.

It said it also planned to launch a paediatric rapid response team in 2013.