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Parents speak out about daughter's death after doctor's suspension

Parents speak out about daughter's death after doctor's suspension

Francis Batt

Parents speak out about daughter's death after doctor's suspension
Denzil and Carol

A heartbroken couple have spoken for the first time about the death of their fun-loving daughter - after a consultant who treated her was suspended from practise for a year.

Becky Bromfield, of Maidenhead Road, Windsor, had the condition cystic fibrosis.

But her dad, retired BT engineer Denzil, and mum Carol, 57, say she never let it stop her enjoying life.

Carol said: "She had dietary problems and needed antibiotics. But she never suffered from breathing problems. She used to go out partying and shopping with her boyfriend."

Denzil said: "She always enjoyed herself - going to sales in the morning then out with her friends at night."

Becky

The 'vibrant' 26-year-old started treatment under consultant Doctor Ronald Kelvin Knight at Frimley Hospital in 2008.

Carol said her daughter had such a bad reaction to the drugs he put her on that she had to go the accident and emergency department.

After returning to the hospital in 2010 she underwent a medical procedure at the doctor's insistence that left her struggling to breathe.

Carol said: "Becky told me they had hurt her. She had never had breathing problems but now she was struggling to breathe. Her legs swelled like balloons and she could not walk at all.

"She was crying and begging for help and had to be put on a respirator."

She died 12 days later.

A 'fitness to practise' panel of the medical practitioners' tribunal service suspended Doctor Kelvin Knight on the grounds of misconduct  in February in connection with two patients -  Becky and a 14-year-old girl.

During the hearing counsel for the General Medical Council Mary Ruck accused the doctor of 'a persistent lack of insight'.

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