Inquest for daughter who died at Aintree Hospital


An inquest into the death of a daughter who died at Aintree Hospital after being admitted with inflammation of the heart will take place from today, Tuesday 24 October in Liverpool, before HM Coroner Bhardwaj, Coroner for Liverpool and Wirral.

Samantha Ashkar had Downs Syndrome and was 27 when she died on 5 September 2015 due to cardiac failure. Samantha had been referred to Aintree Hospital suffering from a suspected pulmonary embolism or inflammation of the heart (Pericarditis). Her family were told she had pneumonia and would be prescribed antibiotics, but that she would be home in a few days. During her stay in hospital Samantha’s condition deteriorated and several emergency calls to medical doctors where made to assess her condition but no action was taken to alleviate fluid that was building up around her heart.  

On 4 September 2015, following another emergency call a plan was put in place for 2 hourly observations.  Overnight an agency nurse failed to escalate that Samantha’s blood pressure levels were unrecordable, indicating that she was potentially very unwell.  Sadly, by the following morning, Samantha was critically ill and was transferred to Intensive Care where she then suffered a cardiac arrest.  A subsequent CT scan revealed multi-organ failure and the family were advised that Samantha was too ill for surgery.  She sadly passed away later that evening.

The inquest in Liverpool will examine the care provided to Samantha in the run up to her death. It will hear from Aintree Hospital who were responsible for her care and also from Samantha’s Mother, Maureen Ashkar, who is 60 years old.

Samantha’s family hope an inquest into her death provides the answers they are seeking.

Rebecca Schofield, a specialist in medical negligence at law firm JMW who is representing Samantha’s mum Maureen Ashkar in the investigation and supporting her through the inquest process, commented:  

“Samantha’s family are looking for answers as to why she was not given the care and monitoring they expected her to receive. I hope the inquest provides some of the answers they are seeking. I will also be doing my own investigation into the care Samantha received and hope to obtain more answers for Maureen and the family as to why Samantha deteriorated while under the care of Aintree Hospital, and if her death could have been prevented.  This has been a very difficult time for Maureen Ashkar and her family.”


For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981


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