|New inquiry into toddler’s tragic heart failure death during Leeds children’s heart unit row|
A family’s quest for answers over the death of a toddler weeks after he was operated on at the height of the Leeds children’s heart surgery dispute reached the courtroom today.
Max James Haigh, from Scarborough, was just 14 months old when he died of heart failure 42 days after undergoing a complex procedure to treat his congenital heart problems on March 18 2013 – just a week before NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh controversially suspended all children’s heart surgery in Leeds.
The unit’s closure was overturned two weeks later after it was deemed that data, suggesting high death rates in Leeds that led to the decision, was inaccurate.
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