Baby Cassian was born at 28 weeks. He was an IVF baby, born after multiple unsuccessful attempts. Cassian was small but strong and his parents were told that there were no problems that would affect his survival outside the usual prematurity survival statistics.


Ross Beaton represented the family of baby Cassian at inquest, which concluded on 22nd April 2022. The inquest found that Cassian’s Umbilical Venous Catheter (“UVC”), a line inserted to deliver nutrition which he needed having been born prematurely, was left in a dangerous position too close to his heart, leading to his death. The Coroner investigated why, once it was known that it was in this position, the consultant’s plan to move it back to a safe position was not implemented, was not recorded in his notes, and was ultimately forgotten. As part of that investigation, she looked at staffing levels over a Bank Holiday weekend.


Following the conclusion, James and Karolina Curry, parents of Cassian Curry gave the following statement:

“Cassian was a beacon of light and our hearts blossomed under his pure and innocent love. He was everything that we dreamed of. Today the Coroner concluded that he died because of neglect and had it not been for the gross failings of those in charge of his care, he would still be with us today. Cassian was a true miracle, and we will love and miss him forever.”


Ross was instructed by Fay Marshall at Switalskis Solicitors. You can view Switalski’s press release here.


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