Hospital Apologises To Family Of Down Syndrome Man Andrew Waters For DNR Order

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A hospital trust has apologised for placing a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order on a patient with Down’s Syndrome – and listing his learning difficulties among the reasons for doing so.

The family of Andrew Waters was not consulted or informed and found out only after he was discharged from hospital in Margate, Kent, in 2011.

East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted breaching his human rights.

Mr Waters died in May, aged 53, but the order did not have a bearing.

His family has never sought compensation over his death.

However, BBC News can report the case surrounding the DNR order after getting a court order protecting Mr Waters’ anonymity lifted, with the consent of his family.

Mr Waters loved dancing, swimming and drama groups.

His family were horrified when, during a hospital stay related to his dementia, staff decided he should not be resuscitated if he developed heart…

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