Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk - A Death by Indifference

Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk - A Death by Indifference

by Sara Ryan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785923487
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2017
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr Sara Ryan is a social scientist at the University of Oxford, specialising in autism and learning disabilities. Her blog, 'My Daft Life', started before Connor's death, and continues to document the events that followed https://mydaftlife.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Baroness Helena Kennedy QC 17

Author's Note 21

Chapter 1 What a Wonderful World 29

Connor 30

The early years 33

The blog 37

Chapter 2 Doc Days, Holidays and Life Rafts 41

The epilepsy 45

Chunky Stan, 2003-16 49

Negotiating mediocrity and the life raft 51

Chapter 3 Nudging Adulthood 57

The halcyon years 57

The lack of an imagined future 59

A taste of the future 61

The downturn 62

Opening up the blog 66

Choice and hindsight 68

Epilepsy reaches the Unit 70

Chapter 4 The Fallout 79

The relatives room 79

Death decisions 80

A human rights intervention 83

Post-death work 84

No 'First Fit' clinic in life or death 86

Connor's do 89

Chapter 5 Death of a Service User 97

Mother-blame 100

CQC report and inquiries 101

Introducing 'natural causes' 104

Death by Indifference 106

Criticisms of Southern Health and its responses 108

Dirty lenses and human rights 110

Chapter 6 The Seeds of Justice for LB 115

A devastating discovery 120

Gaining momentum and friends 123

107 days of action 126

Chapter 7 The Waiting Game 138

Death anniversaries 142

Chapter 8 A Very Adversarial Affair 151

Securing a jury 155

The final pre-inquest hearing 158

The #JusticeforLB quilt - unifying experiences 161

Summer 2015: Verita 2 and the Mazars findings 164

1 October 2015: the week before the inquest 166

Chapter 9 The Inquest 169

The Coroner's Court 171

The jury 173

The family room 176

Early days 178

The locked door and continued seizure denial 180

Dr Murphy and more 182

Mother-blame revisited 183

Chapter 10 Taking the Stand 188

An earlier death 188

Giving evidence 192

The jury retire 198

The determination 200

Chapter 11 Stumbling into Scandal 209

The Mazars findings 209

LB's story spreads 212

A voicemail message 215

The extraordinary board meeting 216

Chapter 12 Crime and Justice 221

Jeremy Hunt 224

Introducing the mermaids 225

Rolling heads 227

#JusticeforLB fights on 230

#CaminoLB 234

Chapter 13 Justice for Connor Sparrowhawk and All the Young Dudes 240

Appendix A The Connor Manifesto 248

What does #JusticeforLB look like? 248

Appendix B The Cast of #107Daysofaction 251

Acknowledgements 270

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