May 2015

23/5/15: 'Casualties of Care Goes Live'

Casualties of Care goes Live

May 23rd 2015

Today marks the third anniversary of the death of Robin Kitt Callender, a delightful, autistic woman who used to live in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

She was cheery, funny, and an enthusiastic hugger. She was four feet six inches tall but she always seemed larger because of her bright and happy nature.

On the 17th of March 2015, her death was officially ruled by Walthamstow Coroner's Court as having been due to natural causes contributed to by neglect.

She had been living in a local care home and had been ill for several months. Sadly her family were not informed of her illness until she collapsed at the home the day before her death.

Evidence was heard at the court hearing from an expert witness that Robin's death was preventable; if she had received treatment in a timely manner she would still be enjoying her life.

Furthermore her family contend that if they had known about her illness they would have been in a position to ensure that Robin received the treatment she needed. The fact that the information about her illness and prolonged suffering was kept from them contributed to the tragic outcome.

We are trying to raised awareness of this issue and garner support for "Robin's Law" which would make it a criminal offence for such facilities to keep an illness which leads to death from the families of those individuals who lack the capacity to act in their own best interests.

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