Baby died after Somerset hospital discharge, inquest hears
A five-month-old baby boy died hours after being sent home from a hospital in Somerset with cold-like symptoms, an inquest has heard.
Arlo Wood was taken to Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital in December 2013 after appearing to struggle to breathe.
His parents were told he had a viral infection, but was well enough to return to his home in Chard.
Coroner Tony Williams said the care given had been appropriate at the time and recorded a narrative verdict.
'Over the worst'
East Somerset Coroner's Court heard the five-month-old twin, born seven weeks prematurely, had been taken to hospital with cold-like symptoms and a "crackling" sound in his chest.
His father, Simon Wood, told the inquest that a doctor examined Arlo and administered medication but discharged him an hour later, concluding the baby was "over the worst of his illness".
"He said it was nothing but a cold but he was clearly a very ill baby," he said.
Less than 12 hours later, Arlo was pronounced dead by paramedics.
A post-mortem examination found he died from bronchopneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus.
Dr Andrew Savva said he carried out a "thorough examination" of Arlo and insisted the baby did not meet any criteria for severe illness or hospital admission.
The coroner said Dr Savva was an "experienced doctor" who had carried out two examinations of the baby.