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Hudgell Solicitors™ | Case Stories | Hospital admits errors which led to one-year-old boy dying from meningitis

Hospital admits errors which led to one-year-old boy dying from meningitis

Gaynor with Caydon

One-year-old Cayden McConnell died when contracting meningitis for the second time. His mother Gaynor had concerns over his treatment and questioned whether more could have been done to save him after seeing a dermoid tumour removed during emergency treatment in the days before his death, and the large amount of fluid on his brain. It made her question how long Cayden had been suffering and whether anything could and should have been done earlier to save him.

The Legal Process

Solicitor Renu Daly represented Ms McConnell in a case against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As part of the process, medical records were re-examined and assessed by independent experts. It was during this process that it was discovered that MRI scans, taken when Cayden overcame a first bout of meningitis aged just four months, also revealed an open passage running from the base of his spine to the area of a small lump on his back. It was identified that given this, doctors should have taken immediate action, as 60 per cent of open tracts point to the presence of a dermoid tumour – a recognised conduit for bacterial infection of the central nervous system causing meningitis. Had it been removed, experts said Cayden would not have contracted meningitis a second time.


A damages settlement is now be confirmed following an admission of breach of duty of care by the Trust, leading to Cayden’s death.


“It was never about compensation it was about getting answers, and I wouldn’t have got the answers as to why Cayden died if it wasn’t for Hudgell Solicitors and Renu Daly in particular. She has been there to support me all the way and has worked around the clock to hold people to account and get the full story. I can’t speak highly enough of Hudgell Solicitors. They have been there for me when I needed them.” – Gaynor McConnell.

Hudgell Solicitors Comment

“Gaynor has been determined to get answers following the death of Cayden and I was determined to provide them for her. There were clear, basic failings in the care and treatment Cayden received and this cost him his life. It was a shocking breach of care – the most costly of all. Gaynor is an amazing person and is now raising awareness of meningitis by telling Cayden’s story. I am full of admiration for her and have been proud to support her in the most difficult of times.” – Renu Daly.

Read more about Gaynor’s story


The Author

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Renu Daly

Solicitor, Clinical Negligence


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