Mrs Stevenson and her parents monitored Hayley for 24 hours a day during her stay in hospital and were horrified by an apparent lack of check-ups she received. Miss Stephenson’s father, Edward, said: “You didn’t need to be a doctor to see that Hayley was not fine, as they kept telling us, and her breathing was very bad.”
Miss Stephenson said that she was “out of my mind” with worry. “When I started saying out loud my daughter was being neglected they ignored her even more,” she said.
She sobbed as she told the inquest how her family had begged doctors to X-ray Hayley’s chest when they noticed she had difficulties breathing. It was days before her request was granted and it showed that her right lung had collapsed.
Miss Stevenson, 38, repeatedly asked doctors to transfer her daughter back to intensive care but Hayley was moved to an isolation ward, which she claimed was a move to silence her. Hayley died a few days after her first birthday in November 2009 after suffering a heart attack.
Miss Stephenson told the inquest about the day her daughter died. “Hayley’s stats dropped and she was really struggling to breathe. Her eyes were panic-stricken and started rolling back in her head.
“I had to run to the nurses’ station screaming for help. Doctors rushed in and started trying to resuscitate her. After 20 minutes I noticed everyone stopped looking at Hayley and started looking at me with pity in their eyes.
“One doctor came towards me and said, 'Sorry Mum, we’ve lost her.’
“All I could think was, 'I’m no longer a mother,’ because she was my only child and she was dead.”