Mum tells of terrifying ordeal of girl’s death

Izabelle Easen
Izabelle Easen

an inquest has been opened into the death of a seven-year-old girl who was the subject of a shocking NHS cover up nearly four years ago.

Izabelle Easen’s devastated mother Lorna spent years blaming herself for her daughter’s death following an asthma attack in 2008, only to discover the NHS secretly fired her paramedic for medical negligence.

The inquest heard a statement from Lorna Easen describing the terrifying moment her daughter’s asthma attack took hold on April 9 2008.

In the statement she said: “I was woken up by Izabelle shouting I can’t breath help me now.”

The court heard how Ms Easen, who said her daughter had suffered 12 serious asthma attack in as many months, settled down after she gave her the inhaler.

But later that night she called for her mum again complaining of pins and needles in her arms and chest before being sick.

Ms Easen said: “She mumbled something then went blue and stopped breathing.”

Ms Easen called paramedics who talked her through administering CPR before they arrived on the scene.

Little Izabelle was pronounced dead at her home in Oldfield Road, Thorne.

Ms Easen was never told a top level investigation found paramedic James McKenna, who pronounced Izabelle dead, should have given her continuous resuscitation.

Ms Easen only found out about the secrecy when a full transcript of the paramedic’s misconduct case was revealed in October of last year.

Medical experts believe advance life support from the paramedic could have saved the youngster’s life.

He was disciplined and struck off following an inquiry into his behaviour by health regulators.

During the pre-inquest review on Monday Georgina Rawley, representing the Yorkshire Ambulance Trust, and Steven White, appearing on behalf of the family, discussed with coroner Nicola Mundy the paperwork that would be needed to continue with the inquest.

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.