Oliver McGowan: Police investigate autistic teenager’s death at Bristol NHS hospital

Derrick Santistevan

Police are examining the death of an autistic teen in an NHS hospital over claims he was recommended medication versus his moms and dads’ desires.

Avon and Somerset Police has actually released a criminal questions into the scenarios surrounding the death of Oliver McGowan at Southmead Hospital in Bristol in November 2016.

The 18- year-old contracted neuroleptic deadly syndrome (NMS) and suffered a major brain injury after being recommended Olanzapine – an anti-psychosis drug.

His moms and dads Paula and Tom McGowan claim hospital personnel had letters from Oliver’s physicians stating he was not psychologically ill and was especially conscious anti-psychotic medication.

In a declaration, Mrs McGowan stated: “His voice was wilfully overlooked in life and up previously has actually been silenced in death.

“Oliver made it clear to physicians and paramedics he was not to be administered anti-psychotic medication.

“We, as Oliver’s parents, knew him best and told all doctors that we did not give permission for anti-psychotic medication to be administered to Oliver.”

In 2018, an inquest heard that Oliver, of Emerson’s Green, Bristol, had actually been entrusted to epilepsy, finding out troubles and autism as a result of 2 bouts of meningitis as a kid.

He was confessed to hospital on 22 October 2016 after suffering a seizure, with CT scans revealing no damage to his brain.

Oliver was confessed to Southmead Hospital in Bristol after suffering a seizure

The teen was recommended Olanzapine by hospital personnel to handle any possible psychosis when he got up from sedation, the hearing was informed.

After he was offered the drug, his temperature level increased and he developed signs of NMS, with scans 2 days later on revealing he had actually suffered a major brain injury. He passed away on 11 November,

The inquest concluded that the drug was a “significant factor” in his death, which was brought on by serious pneumonia and a hypoxic brain injury.

However the five-day hearing saw Avon assistant coroner Dr Peter Harrowing conclude it was “appropriate” to provide it to him – in spite of his and his moms and dads’ objections.

A representative for Avon and Somerset Police stated: “Police are examining the scenarios behind the death of Oliver McGowan in 2016.

” As part of the questions they will speak with a variety of people as they look for to develop the scenarios around Oliver’s death, prior to consulting from the Crown Prosecution Service.”

It is comprehended that no arrests have actually been made in relation to the case.

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