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Mum demands probe into son's death

PROBE: Aaron Edmunson died in hospital five days after being released from prison in Birmingham

A GRIEVING mother is demanding answers after her 28-year-old son died in hospital five days after being released from prison in Stoke Heath.

Young dad Aaron Edmunson sustained a gunshot wound several years before going to jail last year. He was still receiving treatment as the injury had become septic on several occasions.

Following his release on April 25, Aaron was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on April 29, complaining of vomiting and blurred vision, but he died a day later. Doctors told his family he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Aaron’s mother Morna Edmunson and his partner Elise Grant want to know why Aaron was not allowed to keep hospital appointments for his injury at the Queen Elizabeth while he was in jail, both at HMP Birmingham and HMP Stoke Heath.

A complaint form completed by Aaron in January this year while he was at HMP Stoke Heath, reveals he had started legal proceedings against the jail for medical negligence.

He sustained his injury in 2008 after being shot during an incident at the Irish Centre in Digbeth.

His family also claim that the hospital did not react quickly enough to Aaron’s rapidly deteriorating condition when he was taken to A & E by his brother Reiss on April 29.

His partner Elise, with whom he has a four-year-old daughter, said: “He had to wait for five hours in A & E despite vomiting and complaining of not being able to see and having blurred vision.

“He was barely able to stand and was begging to lie down in a bed but they wouldn’t allow him. Eventually they admitted him and just gave him painkillers.


DEMANDING ANSWERS: Aaron's mother Morna Edmunson

“The following day he looked really ill. He could barely speak when I went home to our daughter around 4pm. Then I had a phone call at around 10.30pm to say he had had a cardiac arrest.

“The staff told me he had disappeared for an hour between 6pm and 7pm before returning to the hospital. When he came back they asked me if me if he might have taken any drugs in that time, but I know he could barely walk, let alone leave the hospital.

“If I had been told he was that ill I would never have left him. They took away the chance for me to sit with him. When I arrived at the hospital they simply said he had had a cardiac arrest and hadn’t made it.”

Elise said hospital staff did not want her to see Aaron’s body, but she insisted, adding: “When I finally got to see him, he was sitting upright in the dingiest room with no heart monitor on him. I will never forget the expression on his face, he looked so scared.”

A spokesperson for University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust extends condolences to Mr Edmunson’s family at this difficult time. His death is subject to an investigation and we are unable to comment further.”

A National Offender Management Service spokesperson, representing HMP Birmingham and HMP Stoke Heath, said: “It would be inappropriate to comment while investigations are ongoing. We will consider the outcomes to see if there are any lessons to be learned.”

Aaron’s mum Morna, said: “Aaron had so much to live for and look forward to because he had turned his life around and had a good future ahead of him. The prison and the hospital were there to support Aaron, but he has been horrendously let down by both. To us, this seems nothing more than legalised murder and we are determined to find out what happened.”

Aaron is the grandson of the late Clement Seymour ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, the legendary Jamaican record producer, instrumental in the development of ska and reggae in the 1950s. Dodd is famed for auditioning Bob Marley, singing as part of The Wailers.

An inquest into Aaron’s death is to be held tomorrow (May 23).

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