["doctors, paediatricians and consultants told the hearing at Gloucester shire hall there was no evidence of a link between George's death and the jab." All the Allopaths agreed it wasn't their medicine. Been denying vaccine deaths for 200 years. "Too soon, too late", any old excuse will do. See: [2008 Dec] MMR and the Inquest into the Death of Toddler George Fisher By Allison Edwards]
Baby died ten days after being given MMR jab 'because of failure to warn of possible complications'
Last updated at 4:39 PM on 02nd December 2008
A baby died 10 days after being injected with the MMR vaccine because doctors failed to warn his parents about possible complications, an inquest heard yesterday.
Eighteen-month-old George Fisher had suffered a febrile convulsion - a condition characterised by high fever, fits and inflamed limbs - before receiving the jab.
But his parents claim doctors failed to warn them about the potential complications he faced when he received the injection.
They say doctors did not ask them about George's medical history or warn them that he should be monitored after having the vaccination.
Yesterday his mother Sarah Fisher described the moment she found George dead in his cot.
Inquest: George Fisher died in his sleep aged 17 months 10 days after having the controversial MMR triple jab
The 42-year-old hotel receptionist told an inquest : 'At 8am my daughter Megan, who was sharing a room with George, was calling me.
'When I went to go to the bathroom, I went over to George and was surprised that he was not awake. If Meg was awake, he was awake, always.
'When I saw him it was clear to me that he was dead because of his colour.'
She told the hearing in Gloucester: 'We cannot understand how our healthy 18-month-old son died within ten days of having the vaccine.'
The inquest heard how George suffered a febrile convulsion after falling ill with a high temperature on a family day out in September 2005.
He was taken to hospital but released the same day after doctors concluded he was a 'healthy and robust' child.
On January 9, 2006, George was given the MMR vaccine at Overton Park Surgery.
His parents claim that doctors did not tell them of the possible risks of high temperature or ask about his medical history when was vaccinated.
Christopher and Sarah Fisher at the Shire Hall, Gloucester, for the inquest into the death of their son, George
Ten days after the jab George fell ill, suffering a loss of appetite and diarrhoea.
Yesterday his father Christopher Fisher, 43, told the inquest it was the third time they had taken George - the youngest of four children - to have his MMR jab as he had been too ill on previous occasions.
The 43-year-old said: 'He was the best he had been for some time and we had no concerns about him having the vaccination.
'But I don't recall getting any specific advice on his condition or any general advice. It just didn't happen.
'I have been to all the vaccinations for all my children and it was the same talk as with all of them.'
He added: 'My wife and I now know that the leaflet that goes with the MMR vaccine, which was not shared with us, says that children who have had febrile convulsion should be closely monitored.
George's parents claim that doctors did not tell them of the possible risks of high temperature or ask about his medical history when was vaccinated
'Given that he had the febrile convulsion in the GP's surgery they should have been aware of his medical history.
'We can only do the best that we can do - which is difficult when you are not aware of the facts.'
Nurse Heather Mitchell, who administered George with the MMR vaccine, said George showed no sign of illness when he came for his jab.
She said: 'The MMR vaccination was given 17 months ago so I am unable to remember the exact case but we do have a set routine on this cases.
'I have the same procedure which includes checking if the child is due for their vaccination and checking the medical history.'
There is now specific advice relating to febrile convulsion other than to monitor the child and check their temperature, she added.
She added: 'I always suggest to the parents that they should trust their instincts and call the surgery for advice.
'It was my professional opinion that on the day of the vaccination that this child was well so I subsequently vaccinated him.'
Dr Alan Day, consultant paediatrician at Cheltenham General Hospital , said medical staff were correct in administering George with the MMR vaccination despite his illness.
'It's a short dramatic illness but I would suggest that the jab should still be given to the child.
'Although the child should be given regular ibuprofen and paracetemol to reduce the temperature, have his temperature taken and be watched over for a few days.'
The inquest continues.