Friday, September 21, 2012

Adoption halted: U.K. Judge learns vitamin supplements in baby milk may have led to false battering allegations against parents; Telegraph;

GIST:  "The boy, who cannot be named, was taken away from his parents and was poised to be adopted after multiple broken bones were put down to child abuse. But Lord Justice McFarlane halted the process yesterday after hearing how an extraordinary combination of medical events could have led to a case of congenital rickets being overlooked. The parents, who have fought a three-year custody battle, have been given a final chance to get their son back. It came after lawyers had what they described as a "light bulb moment" and understood the full significance of the child's medical records. Michael Shrimpton, for the family, who are from the north of England, told the Court of Appeal in London that there is evidence that the boy was born with a Vitamin D deficiency, inherited from his mother, leading to "soft bones" and rickets. It suggests that the broken bones could have occurred during his difficult forceps birth, or even in the womb. Blood tests to check for signs of vitamin deficiency, when the boy was four weeks old were normal. But the court heard hat it is possible that it was "masked" by the formula milk given to him by his mother – which contained Vitamin D supplements. He added that there was "striking" evidence of severe abnormalities in the functioning of the baby boy's liver, an organ instrumental in processing Vitamin D. The judge temporarily halted the adoption process and ordered urgent medical reports."

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