London Optometrist Gets Two-Year Suspended Sentence in Death of 8-Year-Old Patient


Didn't spot symptoms of pressure within child's skull.

London optometrist Honey Rose has received a two-year suspended sentence in the 2012 death of an 8-year-old boy whose eye condition she failed to detect, BBC News reports. According to the article, the child, Vincent Barker, died after fluid built up on his brain. During a routine eye exam, Rose didn't spot symptoms of bilateral papilloedema, in which optic discs swell as the result of pressure in the skull. Rose claimed that during the exam, the boy closed his eyes and looked away, but the prosecution claimed the child's condition "would have been obvious to any competent optometrist." Jurors found Rose guilty of gross negligence manslaughter. In addition to the suspended sentence, Rose is to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, and she was given 24 months of supervision.

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