“Cherished” boy from Stalham died of natural causes

A 'deeply loved and much cherished little boy' from Stalham died after he stopped breathing on the way to hospital, an inquest has heard.

Arthur Smith, of High Street, Stalham, died on January 20 aged nine months.

Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong said Arthur was born with a condition called gastroschisis which meant he was susceptible to infection and meant that he required 24 hour care.

The inquest today heard that on January 19 Arthur's parents Russell and Andrea Smith contacted the hospital because Arthur had a raised temperature. They contacted the hospital again the following day and were told to take him to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, but on the way there Arthur appeared to stop breathing and despite all efforts he sadly died.

When asked if he was satisfied everything possible was done to try and save his son, Mr Smith said that he was.

A postmortem report concluded that Arthur died of natural causes.

Mr Armstrong said Arthur was a deeply loved and much cherished little boy and expressed his deepest sympathy to Mr and Mrs Smith. He recorded a verdict that Arthur died from natural causes.

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