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Mother of Raychel Ferguson (9) who died due to hospital failings hits out at nursing regulator over inaction

Raychel Ferguson died in 2001 after being admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital to have her appendix removed. She was nine years old.

THE MOTHER of a nine-year-old girl who died from hyponatremia has said she's "disgusted" that nurses who failed her daughter will not be disciplined by their professional body.

Raychel Ferguson died in 2001 at the Royal Belfast hospital for sick children, a day after a routine appendix operation in Altnagelvin hospital in Derry.

The little girl, who had perfect health, was one of four children whose deaths were found to be "avoidable" following a 14-year public inquiry into the scandal.

Serious concerns were raised about how nurses in Altnagelvin had mismanaged Raychel's intravenous fluids.

In a letter to her mother, Marie Ferguson, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) confirmed they will not be taking any further action against staff as "the failings identified have been addressed".

The London-based regulator accepted the allegations were "extremely serious".

But Mrs Ferguson told UTV that she intends to pursue legal action and said she was "totally disgusted" at the NMC response.

"It took me 17 years to get to where I am today and believe you me, if it takes another 17 years to get these nurses of Altnagelvin Hospital to account, then I will do that."

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