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Complainant Name:
Mrs Susan McCarthy

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Metro


Mrs Susan McCarthy of Alderholt complained that an article about her nine-year-old daughter, Tia who is unable to eat normally after being born with a condition called esophageal atresia contained inaccuracies.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant, together with a headshot of Tia:

Your recent report suggested that there was hope my daughter, Tia, would learn to eat again after her illness but as yet this has not happened. Tia was born three months early with a condition called esophageal atresia. Her tummy was not connected to her oesophagus and so she was operated on at six-months old. The procedure went well but still Tia did not go on to eat normally. When she was seven I took her to a clinic in Austria that specialised in weaning children off tube-feeds. We returned with Tia drinking small amounts of fluids but she was painfully thin and so reluctantly I put her back on nightly drip-feeds. Tia is now nine and still does not eat anything solid or drink liquids apart from small sips of water. I do not know if she will ever eat normally and am searching for more help as the NHS are stumped but I keep my fingers crossed.

Report: 77

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