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Bristol Children's Hospital nurse 'ignored care worries'

Isabella Janew
Image caption Isabella Janew died in September 2013 following heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital

Parents of a one-year-old girl who died after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital (BCH) were worried about her care before her death, an inquest heard.

Isabella Janew, from Gloucester, was born with a heart defect in April 2012.

She died in September 2013 after suffering a cardiac arrest following a procedure to widen a heart valve.

The Flax Bourton inquest heard her parents' requests for a doctor to be called were ignored by a nurse.

Her father Daniel, said he and wife Debbie repeatedly raised concerns with an intensive care nurse, saying their daughter's blood pressure was very low.

He said the nurse did not call doctors, but instead turned the blood pressure monitor around, telling them it would "drive them crazy" if they continued to view it.

Image caption Debbie and Daniel Janew told the inquest their request for doctors to be called were ignored by a nurse

Isabella underwent a procedure to widen her aortic valve, but surgery was stopped when she suffered a cardiac arrest.

She was being treated in intensive care when she suffered a second cardiac arrest, which led to her death.

The inquest, which is the seventh into deaths of children after cardiac surgery at BCH, is expected to last three days.

An independent inquiry into the deaths of children following heart surgery at the hospital was set up last year by medical director of the NHS Prof Sir Bruce Keogh.

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