Baby died of natural causes says coroner

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A BABY who spent months in hospital with breathing difficulties died at eight months old, an inquest heard.

Reuben Purssey suffered from congenital problems and regularly used a ventilator to help him breathe.

On October 28 last year, Reuben was found in his cot at his home in Gosport. He had stopped breathing and his mum called for an ambulance.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, but was pronounced dead soon after. A post mortem revealed he had died of a form of brain damage and was deprived of oxygen to the brain.

David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, recorded a verdict of natural causes.

Mr Horsley said to Reuben’s family: ‘What we have here is a much-loved little boy who sadly has died as a result of his congenital problems.

‘I don’t know know what I can say to you. I am so awfully sorry this has happened. It’s a tragedy.

‘As a parent and a grandparent I can sympathise with you. It must be a horrible thing to come to terms with.’