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Doctors missed 11 chances to treat boy before he died of asthma, coroner hears

There were 11 opportunities to treat a nine-year-old chess champion in the months before he died of chronic asthma, an inquest has heard.

Michael Uriely, the national chess champion from St John’s Wood, London, was taken to the Royal Free hospital twice in the days before his death after he suffered violent coughing and vomiting fits which left him struggling to breathe.

Michael died on 25 August 2015, five days after being discharged from the hospital for the second time. In the months before his death he was also seen by NHS GPs, as well as having private doctor appointments, Westminster coroner’s court heard.

The coroner, Dr Shirley Radcliffe, said: “There were 11 opportunities within seven months to appropriately test, diagnose and treat him.”

Read more in The Guardian.

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