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Court of Appeal hears further case involving possible Vitamin D deficiency

Urgent expert medical evidence ordered by Court

The Telegraph reports proceedings in the Court of Appeal concerning the possible oversight of congenital rickets suffered by a boy who was taken into care and placed for adoption.

The case follows that of LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray [2012] EWHC 865 (Fam). 

In this case, the parents were accused of causing multiple broken bones suffered by their son. He was taken into care and was poised to be adopted. A reappraisal of his medical records led to a reconsideration of the cause of the injuries. Michael Shrimpton, for the family, told the court that there is evidence that the boy was born with a Vitamin D deficiency, inherited from his mother, leading to "soft bones" and rickets.

Although blood tests for indications of vitamin deficiency, carried out when the boy was four weeks old, were normal, the signs may have been masked by the milk formula, containing Vitamin D supplements, given to him by his mother.

Since the boy's adoption was imminent, the Court of Appeal ordered that the parents should obtain a report from an appropriate expert within 28 days.

To read the report in The Telegraph, please click here. To read a detailed summary of the issues in the Al Alas case and the judgment itself, please click here.