Optometrist who missed ‘obvious’ signs of a lethal build-up of fluid on a boy’s brain is found guilty of manslaughter in the first case of its kind

Mail Online | 7/13/2012 | Joseph Curtis For Mailonline
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An optometrist accused of missing 'obvious' signs of a lethal build-up of fluid on a boy's brain has been found guilty of manslaughter in a landmark case.

Prosecutors said Honey Rose, 35, should have spotted the life-threatening condition which killed eight-year-old Vincent 'Vinnie' Barker when he was examined during a routine eye check.

Mother - Treatment - Appointment - Boots - Optometrist

His mother was was told he required 'no treatment whatsoever' following an appointment with the locum Boots optometrist in February 2012.

But he collapsed at his home in Ipswich, Suffolk, five months later in July and later died in hospital from an increased pressure on his skull.

Rose - Newham - London - Manslaughter - Negligence

Rose, of Newham, London was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Ipswich Crown Court today.

A jury of eight men and four women were told during the trial that Vinnie's life could have been saved if she had noticed 'obvious abnormalities' in both of his eyes.

Court - Prosecutor - Jonathan - Rees - QC

The court had heard from prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC that Rose failed to act on evidence of bilateral papilloedema - swelling of the optic disc at the back of the eye due to raised pressure in his skull.

She failed to give Vinnie an urgent referral and according to the prosecutor, his death was entirely preventable.

Mr - Rees - Conduct - Standard - Optometrist

Mr Rees said: 'This conduct was so bad, it fell so below the expected standard of a competent optometrist that it was criminal, that is the heart of the case.'

'Had he (Vinnie) been urgently referred for further investigation, then the evidence establishes that his hydrocephalus would have been identified and successfully treated by a neurosurgeon using a surgical procedure that would prevent fluid from accumulating.

Procedure - July - Life - Boy

'This procedure would have prevented him from dying on July 13, 2012, and he would have continued to enjoy a normal life as a young boy.

'Put another way, the defendant's failure to detect the swelling of Vinnie's optic discs...
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