Whepstead mum’s concerns after one-year-old son suffers mysterious ‘burn’ marks in hospital

Tammie O'Leary with her one year old son Jonjo who suffered a mysterious burn whilst undergoing surgery at Addenbrooke's.
Tammie O'Leary with her one year old son Jonjo who suffered a mysterious burn whilst undergoing surgery at Addenbrooke's.
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A mother has told of her one-year-old son suffered large mysterious red ‘burn’ marks during a routine surgery in a hospital.

Jonjo O’Leary from Whepstead returned from theatre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with the marks.

Jonjo O'Leary - Whepstead one year old with mysterious burn marks after routine procedure at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge

Jonjo O'Leary - Whepstead one year old with mysterious burn marks after routine procedure at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge

His mum Tammie said: “I was very worried and concerned when I saw Jonjo’s legs.

“The marks were bright red and very large for a baby.

“It was lucky for us that Jonjo is a happy baby and dealt with everything quite well, another child or vulnerable person mighht not have done.”

She has instructed medical negligence solicitors JMW to look into the matter.

Jonjo O'Leary - Whepstead one year old with mysterious burn marks after routine procedure at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge

Jonjo O'Leary - Whepstead one year old with mysterious burn marks after routine procedure at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge

“I would urge Addenbrooke’s to look again at how these injuries occurred and explore every line of inquiry,” said Sophie Fox, specialist medical negligence solicitor at JMW.

A hospital press spokesman said: “We have conducted an exhaustive investigation which involved plastic surgeons, anaesthetists, paediatric urologists and other staff.

“However, we were unable to determine the exact cause of the marks on the patient’s legs.

There were no complications during the surgery and the anaesthetist who saw the patient one hour afterwards said the marks seemed to have faded and there were no blisters visible.

“When the patient was seen the next day the doctor said the potentially superficial burns should heal of their own accord and suggested a simple dressing.

“In respect to a possible allergic reaction to the wipes we advised the mother that a referral to the allergy clinic might be appropriate although we have no record of any other incidences involving this product.

“We also supplied Mrs O’Leary with a leaflet from Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) a registered charity who can provide specialist free advice.

“We have offered an unreserved apology for any distress or anxiety caused.”