Legacy of Greg tragedy

Greg Richardson.
Greg Richardson.
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Morecambe’s MP David Morris is to raise the tragic case of teenager Greg Richardson in the House of Commons.

Greg, 15, of Montrose Close, Heysham, died from a rare DVT blood clot after an accident at Morecambe skate park, an inquest found.

The inquest heard there were no protocols in place in the UK to deal with possible DVT in patients so young.

Preston coroner Dr James Adeley has called for more guidance on how children with deep vein thrombosis are treated, following Greg’s death.

The coroner pledged to support the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, who treated Greg, in pursuing a national policy to help doctors identify and treat potential victims.

Morecambe Community High School pupil Greg suffered serious internal injuries when he landed on the handlebars of his bike at Morecambe skate park.

Greg’s father Mr Andrew Richardson recalled how he had been called to Morecambe Skate Park after Greg had crashed on his bike.

“He was pale and feeling very unwell when I got there,” he said. “There was no colour in him at all and he was compalining of pain in his abdomen.

“He had been doing a stunt on his bike and it hadn’t come off. The bike had gone down before him and he had landed on top of it. It was basically a mishap.”

Greg was initially taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. But, after doctors in the resuscitation unit scanned him and diagnosed a badly lacerated liver, arrangements were made to transfer him to the specialist unit at Blackburn.

Preston coroner Dr James Adeley heard the blockage was overlooked during a series of scans in Lancaster and Blackburn.

Even a specialist radiologist called in from Sheffield to review the case also missed it.

The 15-year-old passed away in hospital 11 days later when a clot broke away and lodged in his lungs.

Consultant pathologist Dr Shamir Shaktawat said Greg, from Montrose Close, Heysham, died from a pulmonary embolism.

But he told the inquest that even though a deep vein thrombosis in his leg was the most likely source, the clot could also have come from his badly damaged liver.

Dr Shaktawat revealed staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital battled for two hours to revive the Morecambe High School pupil after he collapsed in the radiography unit as he was about to undergo another CT scan.

Doctors even opened his chest in the Accident and Emergency Department to perform manual heart massage, but he failed to recover.

Coroner Dr Adeley said DVT in children was extremely rare and there were currently no guidelines for doctors in paediatric cases and he supported the East Lancs Trust in its pursuit of a national policy.

Dr Adeley, recording a narrative verdict, said: “I hope some good can come out of Greg’s death so that other children and families don’t suffer the same fate as he did.

“Neither Dr Khan nor Dr Kausa noted that in the lower part of the scan a thrombosis was present.

“Dr Porter also failed to notice it because his focus of attention was on the liver rather than the femoral vein.

“Whilst it is regrettable, I don’t have any criticism of Dr Khan’s interpretation of the scan.

“This is a desperately sad case and I will encourage the trust in their efforts to establish guidelines.”