Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Mother seeks justice for Thomas Rawnsley
"A HEARTBROKEN mother has vowed to seek justice for her disabled teenage son who died after collapsing at a mental health hospital he had been sent to miles away from his family."
"Thomas Rawnsley, 19, who suffered Down's Syndrome, died last week after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the specialist unit in Sheffield where he had been moved to last summer against his family's wishes."
"Bradford Council's Social Services and Bradford District Care Trust had said at the time it had no other care option in Bradford for him but Thomas's parents Paula and Paul Rawnsley have been battling ever since to bring him back under a specialist care package."
"They claim at a safeguarding meeting with Bradford Council's assistant director for adult and community services Lyn Sowray only last month they had warned officials of their fears for their son but say their desperate pleas fell on deaf ears."
"His family have been told Thomas suffered a sharp drop in his oxygen levels causing the cardiac arrest and swelling of his brain last week."
"He was taken to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital and died last Wednesday - two days after he was admitted. South Yorkshire Police found there were no suspicious circumstances but there will be an inquest..."
"Thomas's funeral will be held at St Paul's Church in Wibsey on February 19, followed by burial at North Bierley Cemetery."