Knowing the truth when a loved one dies

Families: Knowing the truth when a loved one dies

Connor Sparrowhawk was a much loved son, brother, family member and friend who loved buses, London, Eddie Stobart and speaking his mind. Connor had autism, a learning disability and, like a quarter of people with learning disabilities, he also had epilepsy.

On 19 March 2013 he was admitted to the Short Term Assessment and Treatment Team Unit (STATT) run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. 107 days later, on 4 July 2013 he drowned on his own in the bath as a result of an epileptic seizure. Because of the Human Rights Act, Connor’s family were able to take part in the inquest and tell Connor’s story. The jury found neglect contributed to the death of 18 year old Connor, holding the NHS Trust to account for his unnecessary death.

Human rights helped Connor’s family get an independent investigation into his unnecessary death

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